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UGG Botín bebé Yann Martel takes break from lobbying PM to promote new novel

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Alison Flood theguardian,Monday 1 March 2010 11.26 GMT'The President of the United States wrote to me ? to me!' ... Yann Martel. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty ImagesSeventy-six books and three years after Yann Martel began his quest to get Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper reading, the Booker prize-winning author of Life of Pi has announced that he's planning to take a four-month break from his mission as he sets off to promote his own new novel,UGG Botín bebé, Beatrice and Virgil.Martel, whose tale of a boy and a tiger, Life of Pi, has sold more than 7m copies worldwide, first decided to try to influence Harper's attitude to the arts in Canada by sending him a book every two weeks in March 2007. Starting with Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych ("not a moment of dullness, yet no cheap rush of plot either"),Abercrombie Mujeres Swimwear, he has kept this up for the last three years, very occasionally receiving a response from Harper's office but more usually sending the books ? from Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart ? into a void.Today, Martel wrote to Harper informing him about "a temporary change in our little book club" as he leaves for a four-month trip to mark the publication of Beatrice and Virgil,Jordan Sixty Plus 60+, a dark allegory starring a donkey and a howler monkey, in June.Sending the prime minister Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ("a searing indictment of what Stalin did to his own people"),Botas UGG Ultra, the author says he "was worried that the logistics of getting a book and a letter to you every two weeks while on tour would be too much of a strain", so he decided to "invite other Canadian writers to join our literary journey"."This is certainly a case of making a virtue of necessity. After all, why should I be alone in making reading suggestions to you? My knowledge of the book world is very limited. Why not plumb the literary depths of other writers?" Martel told Harper. "So your next book and letter, to be delivered to your office in exactly two weeks, on Monday, March 15th, will come from a different Canadian writer. I won't tell you who ? let it be a surprise ? nor do I have any idea what the next book will be. That too will be a surprise."Martel also ? perhaps pointedly, given Harper's almost total silence in response to the letters and books he has received ? revealed that, last week, he was sent a letter from the White House in which Barack Obama thanked him for Life of Pi, which he had just finished reading with his daughter. The US president described the novel as "a lovely book ? an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling"."What amazes me is the gratuity of it. As you would know, there is a large measure of calculation in what public figures do,Abercrombie and Fitch Camisas," Martel told the Canadian prime minister. "But here, what does he gain? I'm not a US citizen. In no way can I be of help to President Obama. Clearly he did it for personal reasons, as a reader and as a father. And in two lines, what an insightful analysis of Life of Pi. Bless him,Abercrombie & Fitch Bufanda, bless him ... The President of the United States wrote to me ? to me! For sure I'm going to have the note framed. If there was a way of tattooing it on my back, I would."

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