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The High Mountains of Portugal


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Yann Martel is the author of a short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and of four novels, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, Life of Pi (for which he was awarded the 2002 Man Booker Prize), and his latest, The High Mountains of Portugal. Life of Pi was adapted for the silver screen by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars. Martel also ran a guerilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former prime minister of Canada a book every two weeks for four years. The letters that accompanied the books were published as 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Martel lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers, and their four children.


Replete with every bizarre and beautiful thing on earth . . . his many fans will delight * * The Times * *
Moments of real wonder . . . glorious * * Sunday Times * *
His best since Life of Pi . . . miraculous * * Washington Post * *
Martel is an original, strange and subtle thinker -- Ursula Le Guin * * Guardian * *
Surprising and yet entirely believable * * Observer * *
[Martel's] depiction of loss is raw and deeply affecting . . . odd, fabulous, deliberately oblique * * Telegraph * *
Engagingly readable * * Daily Mail * *
Martel is incapable of writing a dull sentence * * Daily Express * *
A book of great wisdom and beauty -- Gavin Francis
Lucid and thought provoking * * Mail on Sunday * *
Engrossing . . . Martel has a way of capturing the charm, and charge, of an animal and human relationship * * Independent * *
Martel is a writer with a light touch and a lively fancy . . . Engaging * * Scotsman * *
An exploration of faith and how we can learn to accept death . . . [Martel] has an ability to write about the very fundamental human emotional threads that join us * * Irish Independent * *
Sharp, comical, and carries a deeply poignant message * * The List * *
It is an unusual novel, a vivid and uncanny adventure in storytelling * * The Skinny * *

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