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Questions tagged [yann-martel]

Questions about the works of Canadian author Yann Martel (born 1963) or his life as a writer. He is most famous for his novel 'Life of Pi'.

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227 days in Life of Pi, coincidence or symbolical?

I'm wondering whether it is known whether the 227 days in Life of Pi symbolical is for pi or that the symbolism I see (as a mathematician :)) is pure coincidence. I think that it is symbolic for pi ...
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In Beatrice and Virgil, why does Erasmus kill Mendelssohn?

In Yann Martel's Beatrice and Virgil, there is a bizarre scene where Henry's dog, Erasmus, gets rabies and attacks Henry's cat, Mendelssohn. Because of this, both characters need to be killed: ...
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Understanding Yann Martel's description of a tree

In an article titled "Why Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil is the Worst Book of the Decade", a reviewer complains about the following passage in Beatrice and Virgil (located on pages 18-19): He ...
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In Beatrice and Virgil, why does Henry say he sees everything in the Holocaust?

Yann Martel got a lot of criticism for his book Beatrice and Virgil. One reviewer described it as "is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching". Much of this ...