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This review is from: Life Of Pi (Paperback)
A friend lent this to me, months ago, and seeing as I have just spent three days in bed with food poisoning I thought I may as well tick it off the list. I'm pretty glad I did, having just finished it, and laid here scratching my head for a while. I don't think a book has got me thinking so much in quite a while.
First off, the reviews on Amazon seem to fall into more or less two camps - those who adored the book, and those who haven't bothered to get to the end and feel that it is OK to give it a one-star rating despite being only 100 pages in. Shame on you! It seems we all had to persevere a little to get to the bones of this novel, but they do say that good things come to those who wait. I'm not in the rave review camp, but I did read the whole book, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't perfect, so it gets 4 stars from me.
By now, you probably know what the story entails - a boy survives a shipwreck and ends up on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a hyena, an orang-utan and a zebra. At its most superficial it is an adventure story, and if you can get past the initial 100 or so pages (which aren't that interesting unless you have more than a passing interest in zoology) then the main bit of the novel, where Pi survives his ordeal at sea without being eaten by the tiger, is an enjoyable read. But it is the ending which makes this book interesting. I don't want to spoil it, and probably there will be a few readers who miss the point, but the ending does require a little bit of thinking outside the box in order to get the point.
It isn't a book that has made me believe in God. But it is a book that has got me thinking that Yann Martel makes a very good point on the subject of faith. Which is the better story? Read it and decide.
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Initial post: 31 May 2014 08:51:38 BDT
William Shardlow says:
Have you read the one and two star reviews? Many did finish the book, although many wish they had given up. There are many novels that are good from the get go, why waste time reading 100 tedious pages? I usually follow the 50 page rule; if an author hasn't gripped me by that point, then I move on. I've given this book to p.70 so I've given it more than a good chance - I'm ditching it now!
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