The High Mountains Of Portugal: A Novel by Yann MartelThe High Mountains Of Portugal: A Novel by Yann Martel

The High Mountains Of Portugal: A Novel

byYann Martel

Paperback | November 22, 2016

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With this highly anticipated new novel, the author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel.
The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives touching 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 the consequences of Tomás's quest. Fifty 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.

From the Hardcover edition.
YANN MARTEL is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning f...
Title:The High Mountains Of Portugal: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.9 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345809440

ISBN - 13:9780345809445


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read good story and the way of incorporating human relationships into a journey
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't stop thinking about it... Yann Martel does it again! True to form, Martel delivers an elegant examination of the human condition disguised as a journey in three parts. One of the things I love about his style is that he conveys meaning through different layers, so some points are obvious, while others take you multiple rereads and sometimes weeks of contemplation to figure out. This book grabs you with its story, and then keeps you thinking for a long time.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Methodical While this novel was somewhat methodical it was very thought-provoking. I read it in three days and in hind sight think that there is more packed into this story than initially meets the eye.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too slow. It was simply too slow for me - even listening to the audiobook. I can't imagine how slow it would've felt if I were reading rather than listening to it.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, but can be a bit slow at times I thought it was a decent novel overall, but not a favourite of mine by Martel. It was creative how he weaved the characters together and the ideas he conveyed were thoughtful. However, there were parts throughout the novel that were drawn out and made it a bit of a slow read at times.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not my favourite by martel this wasn't as enjoyable for me as life of pi was. i got through the whole book but as it wasn't too long but the concept was lost on me.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent decent read - some good parts, some boring parts
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange, but Exciting! Out of the three stories in this book I really only enjoy the first one and the last one. I didn't like the second story because I found it confusing and meaningless. The ones I did understand however were exciting, specifically due to the high element of adventure. It's worth reading the entire book, but it is confusing at parts.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd For me this book was odd, I am not sure I got the message the author was trying to convey.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Not as good as his other books but still worth the read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Deserving of zero stars. I really tried to like this book and to enjoy the scant few moments of humour, but it was TERRIBLE! I stopped mid-way through the second third of the book, because the plot made little sense and the second third had little to do with the first. I know that Martel planned to reveal some deeper meaning through symbolism, just as in "Life of Pi", but it escapes me. One word to sum up this book is "why". I would definitely recommend avoiding this book.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Took a while to finish and didn't like it I decided to ignore certain bad reviews and buy the book anyways. Big mistake!! I tried very hard to like it but couldn't. A good majority of the book seems like the author wrote stuff just for the sake of it, he spent pages and pages going into detail about cars and car parts for no apparent reason, as if he just added them to increase the number of pages the book had. There were only about 4 pages out of the whole book that had insightful/interesting content.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The frist story was great. Second was not the best but the third one was the best and loved how the ending was similar to Life of Pi.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another interesting book from Martel This is probably more of a 3.5 star rating, but I did really like it. It's written as 3 interconnected stories. The first one is very boring, but the other two were quite good. Not sure what it all means, but that's what I love about Martel's books.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Life of Pi Life of Pi is and was my favourite book, so I was so excited when Yann Martel's new book came out. I'll be honest, the stories are interesting and kind of beautiful, but I really didn't get how or why they were connected. I enjoyed the last of the three parts the best, but still, I won't re-read this book.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Get through the first story The first story didn't grab me, but the second two were wonderful
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like this Honestly I didn't get it. And I've talked to several others who didn't either. I almost put it down multiples times. I would not recommend it
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and deep. I adored this story. So beautiful and strongly written. Intertwined stories come together with a final end. Highly recommend this book to other Martel lovers.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exploration on grief Three sort of interconnected stories that explore our ability to live or to succumb to grief. Lovely writing.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that hits close to home! I am Portuguese and this book is very relatable even though it is set in the early 1900's. I am very impressed by the author's use and familiarity of Portuguese places even though he is Spanish. People might be imagining great big mountains like mount everest but Portugal doesn't have anything like that. Rather, Portugal has a multitude of large steep hills with church on them but they are easily reachable with a car or a very long walk. Becuase I have been to a multitude of these churches it is very easy for me to visualize what exactly the character Tomas is visiting. Anyways back to this book, it is beautifully written with compelling characters and beautiful detail. If you are into historical fiction then this book would be a joy for you to read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So culturally intriguing Portugal doesn't actually have any high mountains, but these particular mountains are metaphorical. The struggles and strife that surround these characters are ones that many people must face in reality, and overcome as best as they are able. Beautifully crafted work by the author that brought you Life of Pie.
Date published: 2016-11-29

Editorial Reviews

Shortlisted for 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards: Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award, Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award and City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book AwardINTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER“The High Mountains of Portugal, not just a story about home but about how home is a story and not a place, falls solidly on the hit side. . . . [A] remarkable novel.” —Maclean’s“[A] wonderfully inventive, twentieth-century-spanning odyssey that contains some of the finest writing of Martel’s career.” —Mark Medley, The Globe and Mail “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.” —The Gazette“Martel’s storytelling is fabulous, both literally—he blurs real worlds and dream worlds, human lives and lives of other animals—and figuratively. He lights up the page.” —Barbara J. King, NPR “The High Mountains of Portugal is a deftly crafted and rewarding read. . . . The doctor in part two speaks of ‘writers who play the language like a mandolin for our entertainment.’ Martel plays it so well.” —Ottawa Citizen“Captivated and surprised from the first sentence, I could not put this new novel from Yann Martel aside. Billed as a story of great love and great loss, it is all that and more. The High Mountains of Portugal is clever and poetic, laugh-out-loud funny and alive with images and ideas. Rush out and buy this book.” —Ottawa Magazine “Lucid and thought provoking.” —Mail on Sunday“Martel constructs a complicated story that is fascinating, frustrating and, in the end, a brilliant achievement. . . . The High Mountains of Portugal is as deeply sad as it is dryly funny, exploring love and faith in unexpected and memorable ways.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Yann Martel is like a skilled dancer. He leads readers with a strong hand, gliding them through the landscape of his imagination, page by page. . . . The High Mountains of Portugal is another tour de force, exemplifying the power of fiction, allegory and bold creativity. . . . [Martel’s characters] will live in the reader’s mind long after the book itself begins collecting dust. . . . [A] wonderful dance.” —Anne Watson, National Observer “[A] strange and wonderful novel—and [its] pieces come together in a masterful ending, the kind that sends you back to the start to begin all over again. Martel most definitely has his quirks. There are some odd turns of phrase in The High Mountains. . . . But the exuberant wordplay enhances the equally vivid storytelling. I took away indelible images from High Mountains, enchanting and disturbing at the same time. . . . As whimsical as Martel’s magic realism can be, grief informs every step of the book’s three journeys. In the course of the novel we burrow ever further into the heart of an ape, pure and threatening at once, our precursor, ourselves.” —Jean Zimmerman, NPR  “[E]ntirely fresh. . . . Martel’s writing has never been more charming, a rich mixture of sweetness that’s not cloying and tragedy that’s not melodramatic. . . . The High Mountains of Portugal attains an altitude from which we can see something quietly miraculous.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post“[E]xquisite and beguiling. . . . The structure of the book embodies its gentle whimsy. . . . Martel explores the nature of grief in a manner that is delicate, subtle and unexpected. This is a rich vein in his writing; it is explored wonderfully in stories such as The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Martel’s work is a bit like the ocean on a nice day. The surface of his prose presents a calm and glistening exterior, allowing gentle waves to tickle your toes and often make you laugh. But there is a lot going on beneath the surface. The High Mountains of Portugal is a delightful and enlivening experience. Its very strangeness makes the world feel more comfortable.” —The Sydney Morning Herald