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The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author(s): Yann Martel

Location(s): Portugal

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Easy 1900s looking forward and back



In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that – if it exists – would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery.

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee.

Three stories. Three broken hearts. One exploration: what is a life without stories?

The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and through the human soul.

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Essentially 3 stories in one, a virtual road trip in many ways, a big of magical realism that hovers on surrealism…

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