5
Friday
Feb
2016
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
7:00pm

The High Mountains
of Portugal
One on One
with Yann Martel

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
"Fresh, original, smart, devious and crammed with absorbing lore.
— Margaret Atwood on Life of Pi
Yann Martel - Photo courtesy of Emma Love

Join us for a taste of the latest novel from Booker Prize Winner, Yann Martel.

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.   

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