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Life Of Pi by [Martel, Yann]
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Some books defy categorisation: Life of Pi, the second novel from Canadian writer Yann Martel, is a case in point: just about the only thing you can say for certain about it is that it is fiercely and admirably unique. The plot, if that’s the right word, concerns the oceanic wanderings of a lost boy, the young and eager Piscine Patel of the title (Pi). After a colourful and loving upbringing in gorgeously-hued India, the Muslim-Christian-animistic Pi sets off for a fresh start in Canada. His blissful voyage is rudely interrupted when his boat is scuppered halfway across the Pacific, and he is forced to rough it in a lifeboat with a hyena, a monkey, a whingeing zebra and a tiger called Richard. That would be bad enough, but from here on things get weirder: the animals start slaughtering each other in a veritable frenzy of allegorical bloodlust, until Richard the tiger and Pi are left alone to wander the wastes of ocean, with plenty of time to ponder their fate, the cruelty of the gods, the best way to handle storms and the various different recipes for oothappam, scrapple and coconut yam kootu. The denouement is pleasantly neat. According to the blurb, thirtysomething Yann Martel spent long years in Alaska, India, Mexico, France, Costa Rica, Turkey and Iran, before settling in Canada. All those cultures and more have been poured into this spicy, vivacious, kinetic and very entertaining fiction. --Sean Thomas

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Some books defy categorisation: Life of Pi, the second novel from Canadian writer Yann Martel, is a case in point: just about the only thing you can say for certain about it is that it is fiercely and admirably unique. The plot, if that’s the right word, concerns the oceanic wanderings of a lost boy, the young and eager Piscine Patel of the title (Pi). After a colourful and loving upbringing in gorgeously-hued India, the Muslim-Christian-animistic Pi sets off for a fresh start in Canada. His blissful voyage is rudely interrupted when his boat is scuppered halfway across the Pacific, and he is forced to rough it in a lifeboat with a hyena, a monkey, a whingeing zebra and a tiger called Richard. That would be bad enough, but from here on things get weirder: the animals start slaughtering each other in a veritable frenzy of allegorical bloodlust, until Richard the tiger and Pi are left alone to wander the wastes of ocean, with plenty of time to ponder their fate, the cruelty of the gods, the best way to handle storms and the various different recipes for oothappam, scrapple and coconut yam kootu. The denouement is pleasantly neat. According to the blurb, thirtysomething Yann Martel spent long years in Alaska, India, Mexico, France, Costa Rica, Turkey and Iran, before settling in Canada. All those cultures and more have been poured into this spicy, vivacious, kinetic and very entertaining fiction. --Sean Thomas

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2269 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0770430074
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main - New cover reissue edition (9 May 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9UBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4,262 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Each time I started to read Life of Pi I left it after a few pages and had to start again. It took me about five or six attempts before I broke through and got into it; and I'm so glad I persevered with it: a truly wonderful book that deserves all its many accolades. I thought the ending was brilliant: one of the best endings to a novel I've ever read. The story is fantastical yet the writing is so good I found it totally credible. The detailed accounts of various aspects of the natural world seem completely plausible and this makes the survival scenes completely plausible too. I think this is a book to return to and re-read and for 20p it must count as the best value book of all time.
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The isolation of the ocean, the communion of man and nature.
Two stories, one of hope and one so dark and forboding that the ear does not want to hear.

Two stories that tell the same tale, but one story is a parable to guide us to the truth, while the other is simply and ugly truth concerning the depravity and sinfulness of man.

Like the employees of the shipping company at the end of the book the two stories whirl around in our minds, each contesting for our attention.

Which story do you prefer?
Do you prefer the almost unbelievable account about the animals, or the stark brutality of the other?

This whole novel revolves around the question "which story do you prefer"?

Our answer is personal to each one of us.
But if we choose the first story, the one with the animals, then we must know "so it goes with God".

Reality as we perceive it is not always the best story.
Sometimes there is a peace in the stories of old, in the belief that there is a greater power over us, guiding us through life.
Too often these days we shut off that spiritual world with and around us, we only want to believe what our senses tell us.

But life, like this novel, all depends on which stories you prefer.
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This book is the product of a brilliant imagination .. Everyone should read it . It relaxes your brain . Gave it four stars in case I come across a book I like better but I doubt it somehow ..
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By K8 on 31 Mar. 2017
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Love this
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Nice story
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I gave this book a 5 star rating because this book is unquestionably gripping. The confused nature of the chapters reflect the arduous journey of the protagonist. I would definitely recommend this book.
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You never know where the story will take you even up until the last page - Brilliant really captures the imagination
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