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  • The High Mountains of Portugal
  • Yann Martel
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  • 02 October 2020
  • 9789722358262

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summary The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel ☆ 6 free download characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Yann Martel «Na Lisboa de 1904 um jovem chamado Tomás descobre um diário antigo onde é mencionado um artefacto extraordinário ue poderá redefinir a história Ao volante de um dos primeiros automóveis da Europa Tomás aventura se pelo país em busca deste objeto invulgar Trinta e cinco anos depois em Braganç. I m at a loss for how to rate this book so I m not going to I just don t understand what it s really about It s odd from the beginning with a story of a man who walks backwards as the result of his grief over losing his lover his child and his father Tomas becomes obsessed with an object he reads about in a priests journal a cross A journey reminiscent in a way of Harold Frye meeting people along the way to their destinations It s sad and it s about loss and grief but brilliantly humorous at times There are some very funny scenes as Tomas drives through the small towns in his uncle s automobile on his way to find the church in the high mountains that holds the cross uirky but I liked this first part the bestI have no clue what the second part was about A pathologist talk of miracles and the bible and Jesus and Agatha Christie and chimpanzees oh my The third part is also about a grieving man and a journey Chimpanzees and grief seem to be a common theme across the three sections I read Doug s 4 star review and he says This book hurt my brain It hurt my brain too because my mind kept wandering while I was trying to understand it and I just didn t I recommend Doug s review don t want to steer people away because I didn t get it or thought it a bit too uirky The writing is lovely in parts and if you are a fan of Yann Martel you just may like it Thank you Random House Publishing Group Random House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this advance copy

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summary The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel ☆ 6 free download characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Yann Martel ? E eis ue é desvendado por fim um mistério com cem anosAs Altas Montanhas de Portugal é um romance original e empolgante ue explora com mestria uestões prementes da condição humana Cheio de humor e surpresas leva nos numa viagem pelo Portugal do século passado ue é também uma viagem interior». Somehow the word novelist doesn t uite capture Yann Martel s art If I had to describe what he does I might say he writes storybooks for adults They often have talking animals and a kind of magical realism They can be extraordinarily effective in reflecting us back at ourselves He uestions the ordinary celebrates the fantastic Stories benefit the human mind We understand through stories and each of us interprets a story differently Martel s new novel drops us into a strange and distant land at a time before any of us can claim first hand knowledge While he presents the facts of the case we wonder what knowledge we are meant to bring to aid understanding We listen feeling homeless unsure He then leads us homeward and in the last third we find ourselves uite at home and at peacewith a chimpanzeein PortugalReligious belief the bond animals and humans share and big uestions That s the great enduring challenge of our modern times is it not to marry faith and reason are enduring themes in Martel s work We move through a century in one family s history collecting wisdom only to have to succeeding generations keep the form but not the reason for an added custom like walking backward in a state of grief or the name and circumstance of one they worship as a saint In three parts we have three married couples all of whom have lost one lifelong partner searching for meaning in their grief Grief is a disease We were riddled with its pockmarks tormented by its fevers broken by its blows It ate at us like maggots attacked us like lice we scratched ourselves to the edge of madness In the process we became as withered as crickets as tired as old dogs Martel s stories are always filled with symbolism some sitting on the surface and easy to discover and others discovered only after much contemplation Real issues critical to our understanding of the world are treated with whimsy and humor not scorn or disdain Martel makes the point that neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi makes in his memoir When Breath Becomes Air that the goodness and blind faith reuired of us by religion is too hard to live up to on a daily basis Reason is easier both to comprehend and to use as a kind of measure of goodness Neither faith nor reason is enough on its own neither explains the world adeuately Reason is blind Reason on its own leads us nowhere especially in the face of adversity And what of joy Love Reason doesn t explain those eitherMartel creates a character who suggests that an Agatha Christie murder mystery might combine the two the solution is stories that put reason on brilliant display while keeping one close to Jesus of Nazareth He compares the form of Agatha Christie novels to the gospels and hypothesizes that both are stories with a central murder mystery The facts are laid out with great formality and ceremony but no one ever seems to remember who the murderer is Who killed Jesus It is true that murder mysteries are compulsive reading material for adults as are our bibles whichever religion we examine Martel goes further He takes the central imagic trope in the novel an ancient carved wooden crucifix and proposes us that the figure of Christ on the Cross might actually be a Chimp on the Cross a crudely carved na ve attempt at perspective a statement on the development of man from ape or a challenge that man was pure present and godlike before he developed reason That would be to say nothing of the literal that humans have lorded over and crucified wild animals even those so close in genealogy to ourselves bringing us shame and not salvationMartel has no sacred cows Reviewers have criticized him in the past for challenging the sanctity of well protected myths and histories I find Martel dazzling in his fearlessness rigorous in his thinking and deep in his conclusions He is not dismissive of faith he thinks it both interesting and necessary providing a kind of useful moral structure The formal ritual of organized religion does not impress him architectural modesty best suits the religious sentiment Only song needs to soar in a church anything fancier is human arrogance disguised as faith There is something intoxicating and deeply reassuring about the final section of the book in which is recounted the story of Odo the chimp rescued from the research lab in America s southwest Odo is old and wise enough to have developed a kind of culture and a rudimentary understanding of language He can communicate if not without misunderstandings Odo seems to have no notion of past and future he is all about the present His human companion Peter discovers that he would prefer to become Odo like in his profound simplicity of means and aimsmembers of Peter s own speciesare too noisy too fractious too arrogant too unreliable He much prefers the intense silence of Odo s presence his pensive slowness in whatever he does A couple of last things There is a profoundly affecting marriage consummation scene in this novel which gives readers a glimpse into what kind of man the author is for who else could create such a scene Both husband and wife are virgins he twenty one and she seventeen Sex itself is all still a mystery but they work it out together The bride had never known desire nor where hers lay but her new husband searched for and found her hidden place and they lived and loved passionately ever after Martel makes it beautiful sexy joyous and absolutely right sounding Was there ever an Iberian Rhinocerous I doubt it though he had me believing just a littleI m a fan

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summary The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel ☆ 6 free download characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Yann Martel A um patologista leitor voraz dos romances de Agatha Christie vê se enredado num mistério ue é conseuência da demanda ue Tomás levara a cabo Décadas mais tarde um senador canadiano refugia se numa aldeia no Norte de Portugal após a morte da mulher Com ele traz um companheiro invulgar um chimpanz?. Is this the real lifeIs this just fantasyCaught in a landslideNo escape from reality Freddie MercuryNo spoilers To fully appreciate this book you are going to have to loosen your conventional grip on terra firma For somebody who cannot abide magical realism I adored this and that is really saying something There are no people floating about with magic cloaks or turning into giant rabbits but as in Yann Martel s fantastic Life of Pi you may ask yourself what the symbols and stories really mean As Martel might say this thing barks and screams with metaphorsMartel works in allegory as usual telling us tales that are loaded with oddity and leaving it up to us to interpret The title of the story itself has some meaning because we are told that there actually are no high mountains in Portugal One can never fully trust Martel s facts remember the floating island of acid extruding plants full of meerkats in LofPi so I looked it up Unless you consider a 6000 peak a high mountain then the author can be believed Throughout the entire book the phrase the high mountains of Portugal is repeated and we come to understand that the term is just a metaphorical and relative oneand the theme of relativity pops up again and again There are three interlocking parables in The High Mountains of Portugal each set decades apart that are parallels in that the protagonists are men who deeply loved their wives and who had to deal with death in one way or another Religious dogma is uestioned throughout the book but belief itself is still held intact otherwise the astounding coincidences would be far too outlandish to have occurred naturally Or would they There is challenge Martel asserts in combining faith and reason Faith is grand but impractical How does one live an eternal idea in a daily way It s so much easier to be reasonable Reason is practical its rewards are immediate its workings are clear But alas reason is blind Reason on its own leads us nowhere especially in the face of adversity How do we balance the two how do we live with both faith and reasonIf religious introspection gives you the yawns fear not The story lines mostly leave dogma out of it except for a middle section which compares the Christian faith to the series of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie Yes I know odd And wonderful The initial journey taken on in the first of this trio is a uest to locate a religious artifact created by a Portuguese priest stuck in old Angola He has volunteered to baptize the ill treated slaves and in seeing the disgusting morality of man toward one another uestions his faith As the book closes the reader will ask himself exactly how much he really does believe in God and in eccentricities that seem unrealI desperately am eager to discuss this book to write my thoughts here but the surprises in these stories would be somewhat ruined for those of you reading this If you loved Life of Pi are a fan of magical realism or enjoy unraveling symbolism I give you a wildly waving green flag to get your hands on this novel If not scan the distribution of the star ratings this book is not for everyone but once begun it has to be completed to be fully appreciated Disregard the DNF ratingsThere is one little discovery I will share with you something not in the book A side character the priest in Angola early on is somewhat homesick and to assuage that sadness asserts to himself over and over I am home I am home I am home So what really is home a place itself or where love abides We meet a uiet character later in the book whose nickname is Odo Being the grounded unimaginative type that I am of course I looked it up It s a shortened form of the Old Germanic name Odilo Its meaningFatherlandWhether or not this is just a coincidence or Martel meant something else or nothing by that name when I read his stories they fit me I am home I am home I am home