As the nights grow longer, tuck into an allegorical novel filled with intriguing characters that examines the cruelties that humans are capable of.
September’s Amnesty Book Club selection is Beatrice & Virgil by award-winning author Yann Martel and recommended by guest reader Charles Foran.
Beatrice & Virgil is a novel-within–a novel that deals with the ways the Holocaust is represented. In the story, Henry, a writer, receives the manuscript of a play in a letter from a reader. Intrigued, Henry traces the letter to a taxidermist, who introduces him to the play’s protagonists, two taxidermy animals—Beatrice, a donkey and Virgil, a monkey.
Prepare to be charmed and moved by these very real stuffed animals.