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The High Mountains of Portugal
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The High Mountains of Portugal (2016)

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Fifteen years after The Life of Pi, Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey. Fans of his Man Booker Prizewinning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon, but the itinerary in this imaginative new book is entirely fresh. . . . Martels writing has never been more charming.Ron Charles, The Washington Post

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Toms discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact thatif he can find itwould redefine history. Traveling in one of Europes earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.
Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomss quest.
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
The High Mountains of Portugalpart quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fableoffers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last centuryand through the human soul.
Praise for The High Mountains of Portugal
Just as ambitious, just as clever, just as existential and spiritual [as Life of Pi] . . . a book that rewards your attention . . . an excellent book club choice.San Francisco Chronicle
Theres no denying the simple pleasures to be had in The High Mountains of Portugal.Chicago Tribune
Charming . . . Most Martellian is the boundless capacity for parable. . . . Martel knows his strengths: passages about the chimpanzee and his owner brim irresistibly with affection and attentiveness.The New Yorker
A rich and rewarding experience . . . [Martel] spins his magic thread of hope and despair, comedy and pathos.USA Today

I took away indelible images from High Mountains, enchanting and disturbing at the same time. . . . As whimsical as Martels magic realism can be, grief informs every step of the books three journeys. In the course of the novel we burrow ever further into the heart of an ape, pure and threatening at once, our precursor, ourselves.NPR
Refreshing, surprising and filled with sparkling moments of humor and insight.The Dallas Morning News
Were fortunate to have brilliant writers using their fiction to meditate on a paradox we need urgently to considerthe unbridgeable gap and the unbreakable bond between human and animal, our impossible self-alienation from our world.Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
[Martel packs] his inventive novel with beguiling ideas. What connects an inept curator to a haunted pathologist to a smitten politician across more than seventy-five years is the authors ability to conjure up something uncanny at the end.The Boston Globe
A fine home, and story, in which to find oneself.Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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3.75
30 Aug 2016: I will come back to this review later with more fleshed out thoughts, but I wanted to lay down my base reaction.

I started reading this story in February, and am only now finishing it at the end of August. It was a bit of a strange book to read. "The High Mountains of Portugal" is split into three parts: the first follows a young man named Tomas who drives about looking for a religious artifact; the second is the shortest, and is about a pathologist, Agatha Christie, and woven with magical realism; and the third is about a Canadian senator who adopts a chimpanzee. These three stories all tie together, but not in a very straightforwards sense.

I had to put this book down a while back after reading the Tomas story because all the constant talk and woes about his car was really beginning to grate on my nerves. I felt like I had read so much, yet received very little in return. And I've loved the other books by Martel I've read, and didn't want to keep reading this all while being disgusted by the car talk.
So, I came back to parts 2 and 3 more recently, and they were MUCH more engaging than the first.

In the second story, I found the discussion of Agatha Christie and Jesus Christ to be the more fascinating and original part. I really got into it, and even read it over a couple times.
The introduction of magic realism and the "twist" about the wife was a bit jarring, and in a way, I felt like it took her long Christie/Christ speech and threw it away a little.

The third story was my favorite, because I found Odo and Tovy's relationship and learning from each other to be utterly delightful. Tovy's musings about time passing and what he observes of Odo were very well written. These were definitely the characters I connected with the most.

Honestly, I thought the common thread between the three stories was stretched a bit thin. There is a quest and mystery than begins with Tomas, and I think that quest had a rushed "here's how everything connects" ending. I also think there is a big imbalance of story size. The pathologists story is very short, and could have provided readers with more context or clues or the like.

All in all, I still love Martel's prose. He has very fresh and original ideas, and I think he is a great writer whose work is never quite what I expect, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I will probably reread the Christie/Christ passages and Odo's story again at some point, but not the Tomas one.
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  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
An uneven book by a fine writer. I was disappointed but that doesn't mean every reader would be. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
This is a surprising read. It has three stories, each set in different times, the first 1904, the second 1938 and the third in the 1980’s. There is a thread running through, linking the three, and I found this fascinating. The book has beautiful writing, some magical realism in one of the stories, and unusual characters. It was a pleasure to read. I also love the design of the cover. ( )
  Carole888 | Jan 29, 2024 |
An interesting exploration of loss and grief. ( )
  imjustmea | Dec 23, 2023 |
I never got around to reading Yan Martel's novel Life of Pi, but I did see the movie and was absolutely fascinated by it. After reading The High Mountains of Portugal I have no doubt Hollywood will make a movie based on it because it's an absolutely fascinating read. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Fifteen years after The Life of Pi, Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey. Fans of his Man Booker Prizewinning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon, but the itinerary in this imaginative new book is entirely fresh. . . . Martels writing has never been more charming.Ron Charles, The Washington Post

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Toms discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact thatif he can find itwould redefine history. Traveling in one of Europes earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.
Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomss quest.
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
The High Mountains of Portugalpart quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fableoffers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last centuryand through the human soul.
Praise for The High Mountains of Portugal
Just as ambitious, just as clever, just as existential and spiritual [as Life of Pi] . . . a book that rewards your attention . . . an excellent book club choice.San Francisco Chronicle
Theres no denying the simple pleasures to be had in The High Mountains of Portugal.Chicago Tribune
Charming . . . Most Martellian is the boundless capacity for parable. . . . Martel knows his strengths: passages about the chimpanzee and his owner brim irresistibly with affection and attentiveness.The New Yorker
A rich and rewarding experience . . . [Martel] spins his magic thread of hope and despair, comedy and pathos.USA Today

I took away indelible images from High Mountains, enchanting and disturbing at the same time. . . . As whimsical as Martels magic realism can be, grief informs every step of the books three journeys. In the course of the novel we burrow ever further into the heart of an ape, pure and threatening at once, our precursor, ourselves.NPR
Refreshing, surprising and filled with sparkling moments of humor and insight.The Dallas Morning News
Were fortunate to have brilliant writers using their fiction to meditate on a paradox we need urgently to considerthe unbridgeable gap and the unbreakable bond between human and animal, our impossible self-alienation from our world.Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
[Martel packs] his inventive novel with beguiling ideas. What connects an inept curator to a haunted pathologist to a smitten politician across more than seventy-five years is the authors ability to conjure up something uncanny at the end.The Boston Globe
A fine home, and story, in which to find oneself.Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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