Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

 

Book cover for The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

I received a finished copy of this book for review from the publisher.

Title: The High Mountains of Portugal
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he 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 center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.
 
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes 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 quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
 
The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers an exploration of love and loss. Continue reading