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3.7 out of 5
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    Animals, Lost Love and the Search for Home

    In his new novel, Yann Martel returns to magic realism in three interwoven stories about lost love and the journeys taken to reclaim the past. In order to move forward, Tomas must struggle with a car he does not know how to drive, Dr. Lozora must perform an unconventional autopsy, and Peter must learn to live with a chimpanzee. While I enjoyed the sense of inevitability created by the repeating characters, emotions, and locations, Martel is often heavy-handed with his metaphors and religious pondering (although I loved the comparison of Jesus’s life to an Agatha Christie murder mystery). The captivating elements of this novel – the gentle magic realism, the eccentric ways of coping with grief, the unknown connection between the characters – are sometimes weighed down in heavy prose, but I have not been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it.
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    Well worth your time.

    I really enjoyed this novel. It reads quietly, gently, beautifully, and with just the right amount of magic.
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    The High mountains of potugal

    Rather a waste of time , as a novel . Enjoyed very much Life of Pi, but this one should stay on the bookshelf. Lovely use of the English language in "The High Mountains" but does not compensate for the futility of the plot.
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    Rather a bizarre story

    I didn't feel that the ending adequately ties up the strange story line. I was left with more than a little confusion. The book has some portions which were interesting and which could have evolved into a memorable story.
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    Very different

    A very odd tale - it reads very nicely but I think I must have missed the 'message'. Martel writes very well but I am not sure what he was trying to say.
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