Yann Martel has studied philosophy and opened up a lot of new ideas how to approach life. He seemed to have a very relaxed attitude to life in general and his writing especially. He considered himself very lucky to be a writer. Having grown up mostly abroad, his father was a diplomat, he considers travelling a way of grasping the sense of living.
Looking forward to read his latest book, and will read this instead of The Knights Templar in Britain in the challenge "What's in a Name", hosted by Wormhole. Mostly suitable for a country in the name!
From the publisher about the book.
Three journey. Three broken hearts. One question...
What is a life without stories?
In Lisbon in 1904 a man named Tom´sa discovers and old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artefact that - if he can find it - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, Tomás sets out in search of this strange treasure.
Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery of his own, and is drawn into the consequences of Tomás's quest.
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator seeks refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old adventure will come to its stirring conclusion.
A quest through the twentieth century, The High Mountains of Portugal tells a tale of great love and great loss. Written with all the warmth, wit and colour one would expect from the author of Life of Pi, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century - and through the human heart.
|Yann Martel being interviewed at Passaporta, Brussels|