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The High Mountains of Portugal characters º 104 Ë «Na Lisboa de 1904 um jovem chamado Tomás descobre um diário antigo onde é mencionado um artefacto extraordinário ue poderá redefinir a história Ao volante de um dos primeiros automóveis da Europa Tomás aventura se pelo país em busca deste objeto invulgar Trinta e cinco anos? E eis ue é desvendado por fim um mistério com cem anosAs Altas Montanhas de Portugal é um romance original e empolgante ue explora com mestria uestões prementes da condição humana Cheio de humor e surpresas leva nos numa viagem pelo Portugal do século passado ue é também uma viagem interior». Somehow the word “novelist” doesn’t uite capture Yann Martel’s art If I had to describe what he does I might say he writes storybooks for adults They often have talking animals and a kind of magical realism They can be extraordinarily effective in reflecting us back at ourselves He uestions the ordinary celebrates the fantastic “Stories benefit the human mind” We understand through stories and each of us interprets a story differently Martel’s new novel drops us into a strange and distant land at a time before any of us can claim first hand knowledge While he presents the facts of the case we wonder what knowledge we are meant to bring to aid understanding We listen feeling homeless unsure He then leads us homeward and in the last third we find ourselves uite at home and at peacewith a chimpanzeein PortugalReligious belief the bond animals and humans share and big uestions “That’s the great enduring challenge of our modern times is it not to marry faith and reason” are enduring themes in Martel’s work We move through a century in one family’s history collecting wisdom only to have to succeeding generations keep the form but not the reason for an added custom like walking backward in a state of grief or the name and circumstance of one they worship as a “saint” In three parts we have three married couples all of whom have lost one lifelong partner searching for meaning in their grief “Grief is a disease We were riddled with its pockmarks tormented by its fevers broken by its blows It ate at us like maggots attacked us like lice—we scratched ourselves to the edge of madness In the process we became as withered as crickets as tired as old dogs”Martel’s stories are always filled with symbolism some sitting on the surface and easy to discover and others discovered only after much contemplation Real issues critical to our understanding of the world are treated with whimsy and humor not scorn or disdain Martel makes the point that neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi makes in his memoir When Breath Becomes Air that the goodness and blind faith reuired of us by religion is too hard to live up to on a daily basis Reason is easier both to comprehend and to use as a kind of measure of goodness Neither faith nor reason is enough on its own neither explains the world adeuately “Reason is blind Reason on its own leads us nowhere especially in the face of adversity” And what of joy Love Reason doesn’t explain those eitherMartel creates a character who suggests that an Agatha Christie murder mystery might combine the two “the solution is stories that put reason on brilliant display while keeping one close to Jesus of Nazareth” He compares the form of Agatha Christie novels to the gospels and hypothesizes that both are stories with a central murder mystery The facts are laid out with great formality and ceremony but no one ever seems to remember who the murderer is Who killed Jesus It is true that murder mysteries are compulsive reading material for adults as are our bibles whichever religion we examine Martel goes further He takes the central imagic trope in the novel an ancient carved wooden crucifix and proposes us that the figure of Christ on the Cross might actually be a Chimp on the Cross a crudely carved naïve attempt at perspective a statement on the development of man from ape or a challenge that man was pure present and godlike before he developed reason That would be to say nothing of the literal that humans have lorded over and crucified wild animals even those so close in genealogy to ourselves bringing us shame and not salvationMartel has no sacred cows Reviewers have criticized him in the past for challenging the sanctity of well protected myths and histories I find Martel dazzling in his fearlessness rigorous in his thinking and deep in his conclusions He is not dismissive of faith he thinks it both interesting and necessary providing a kind of useful moral structure The formal ritual of organized religion does not impress him “architectural modesty best suits the religious sentiment Only song needs to soar in a church; anything fancier is human arrogance disguised as faith” There is something intoxicating and deeply reassuring about the final section of the book in which is recounted the story of Odo the chimp rescued from the research lab in America’s southwest Odo is old and wise enough to have developed a kind of culture and a rudimentary understanding of language He can communicate if not without misunderstandings Odo seems to have no notion of past and future; he is all about the present His human companion Peter discovers that he would prefer to become Odo like in his “profound simplicity of means and aimsmembers of Peter’s own speciesare too noisy too fractious too arrogant too unreliable He much prefers the intense silence of Odo’s presence his pensive slowness in whatever he does” A couple of last things There is a profoundly affecting marriage consummation scene in this novel which gives readers a glimpse into what kind of man the author is for who else could create such a scene Both husband and wife are virgins; he twenty one and she seventeen Sex itself is all still a mystery but they work it out together The bride had never known desire nor where hers lay but her new husband searched for and found her hidden place and they lived and loved passionately ever after Martel makes it beautiful sexy joyous and absolutely right sounding Was there ever an Iberian Rhinocerous I doubt it though he had me believing just a littleI’m a fan

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A um patologista leitor voraz dos romances de Agatha Christie vê se enredado num mistério ue é conseuência da demanda ue Tomás levara a cabo Décadas mais tarde um senador canadiano refugia se numa aldeia no Norte de Portugal após a morte da mulher Com ele traz um companheiro invulgar um chimpanz?. It was not even a book It felt like a hostage situation where 3 random stories are kidnapped in the middle of the night forced to stay together against their will violently stitched with a rope and a glue and pretend to be hight literature Yann Martel please Sir move to High Mountains of Portugal and never write another book

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The High Mountains of Portugal«Na Lisboa de 1904 um jovem chamado Tomás descobre um diário antigo onde é mencionado um artefacto extraordinário ue poderá redefinir a história Ao volante de um dos primeiros automóveis da Europa Tomás aventura se pelo país em busca deste objeto invulgar Trinta e cinco anos depois em Braganç. This Book Hurt My Brain But I Liked ItIf you’re like me you enjoyed Life of Pi for its story than for its mind games with math and metaphysics You might have appreciated those aspects but you also probably shrugged your shoulders and set most of them on your brain’s back burner while you kept stirring at that great story in front And that worked very wellIf you’re like me you’ll try to approach this one the same way You’ll uickly find that you can’t It’s much experimental in style several different styles actually subversively playful postmodern maybe even about ideas than plot Don’t get me wrong there is a story and it is fun to read but it’s also a parable about parables and it's challenging and heady as hellIf you’re like me you’ll have it knocking around in your brain for a long time after you finish it You’ll wake up at night with a headache You’ll remember those bible stories you learned in Sunday School before you gave up on organized religions and learned to think for yourself You’ll try to remember which Agatha Christie novels you read when you were young and you'll wonder if Murder on The Orient Express is really anywhere near as much about Jesus as Martel thinks You’ll read Robert Ardrey and you'll wonder where he's been all your life You’ll have weird Doctor Dolittle dreams where apes and birds and trees talk to you telepathically Okay you might not read Ardrey and you probably won't have those dreams If you’re like me you’ll write than one review and you’ll scrap all of them before you post them You’ll give up on writing a review entirely and go on to read some other books Then a couple of weeks later you’ll come back to this novel and read it all over again and you’ll be amazed at how much coherent it is with a set of keys Except for those incoherent bits If you’re like me you’ll finally just write a review where you say I’m really not sure what anyone else will think and I’m still not even totally sure what I think but it did make me think and I think I liked it uite a lot I think I’d even like to read it a third time this time with a book club One tip Reading this with an e reader will help you when characters geography and symbols reappear in later sections and it might even help you avoid that headache I mentioned