The High Mountains of Portugal
- Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
- Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-11-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Regular price: $37.30
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The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century.
We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes.
Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomás' quest. Then, 50 years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.
Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.
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By P on 04-25-16
A challenge to the imagination.
Having read Life of Pi I was somewhat prepared for his book. Martel challenges our imagination and forces us to extend our version of normality. The three overlapping stories are brought together at the end of the book in a way that is surreal as the text of the book. We are left wondering but accepting as if it were a fairy story. Setting the book in normal contexts heightens the feeling of disorientation but all strangeness occurs as a tragic loss of loved ones. With a solution to grief as Improbable and opposed t normality as is possible a resolution of grief occurs.
Read at your own peril.
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By Pamela Taverniti on 06-16-16
Weird but riveting
Wonderful voice and a very strange story. I did enjoy it, but didn't find it very relaxing - which is the reason I listen to Audible.
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