When LIFE OF PI first hit the shelves, I wasn’t sure it was something I would enjoy. But the minute I started the tale of the boy, the tiger, and the boat, I knew it was special. I often recommend this book to high school students who are tasked with reading something for their CanLit course because it has so many layers, and yet is a very easy book to digest. (It doesn’t hurt that the movie is so well done, either.)
In February, Martel released THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL, and it is set to be just as popular as LIFE OF PI. His work is always complex, and often surprising, and PORTUGAL does all of that with three interwoven stories of love and loss. If you’d like to know more about the process of writing this book, and how Yann Martel chose these stories to tell, the following video is quite interesting!
I’m sure this is going to be a popular book in our library, and one in which many book clubs will tackle in the coming year or so. Get on the waiting list now if you haven’t already…you don’t want to be the last one to read this!