What interests me, however, is the title of the book. For those of you who don't know, Beatrice and Virgil seems to be a direct reference to the works of Dante Alighieri, poet and writer of 14th Century Italy. Virgil is, of course, Dante's divinely-assigned guide through hell in part one of La Divina Commedia, Inferno. Beatrice Portinari was Dante's inspiration for La Vita Nuova, an explanation of Medieval courtly love which explored the emotional interiors of a courtier in love.
Anyway, my point is this: I'm very curious to see how Dante plays into Beatrice and Virgil, especially since Martel has previously stated that The Divine Comedy is "the single most impressive book" he's ever read. That said, however, I have certain reservations about reading the book, since I was distinctly underwhelmed by Life of Pi, to the point that I didn't even finish it.