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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 4 Feb 2008
This review is from: Life of Pi (Paperback)
Piscine Patel (Pi) certainly hasn't been reading Richard Dawkins or Bertrand Russell and is ruminating over life's spiritual questions with the curiously of an inquisitive but deeply spiritual teenager. Disaster strikes and he is left alone on a lifeboat with some zoo animals.

Written with iridescent imagination, the story becomes one of survival, as the author cleverly develops the story with colourful relationships between Pi and the animals he is stuck with. The theme of anthropomorphization is persistent throughout this book and is done so in a credible, creative and skilful way by the author. Pi is alone in a human sense, and the zoo animals he is alone with become objects of his attention and examination. The 1st person narrative style of a young curious boy certainly has a "Curious Incident about the Dog in the Night" feel about it but instead of surgical precision logic there is spirituality and love of animals. This backdrop makes the book read more like a dream than a story.

My only criticism of this book is that it just seem a little naive and far fetched at times. I think it is pitched more towards teenagers, although it will certainly make anyone who wants to let their mind flow feel very nostalgic and dreamy along the way.
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