Beatrice and Virgil

With Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel spins an intricately structured tale that begins with a writer, Henry, at loose ends after publishing a bestseller that resembles Martel's own international sensation Life of Pi. Stalled in his pursuit of a new subject, he strikes up a curiously intense relationship with a taxidermist, who wants Henry's help with his own mysterious project. The result is a uniquely wrought story about creativity, history, and art.

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

Ward Sutton

 

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About the Columnist
Ward Sutton’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the Village Voice, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire, The New Yorker, and on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

Ward's Drawn to Read appears monthly in the Barnes & Noble Review. Click here to see the complete Drawn to Read archive.

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