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The story really picks up post-shipwreck and has some lovely twists and turns along the way. It's a paean to the survival instincts of the human spirit told through a series of increasingly bizarre and imaginative anecdotes. Wonderfully, everything is thrown askew at the end with a marvellous plot twist that leaves the reader considering the book long after they have finished it.
I read through Life of Pi in a little over two days; it was both enthralling and captivating and is that rare thing in modern art and literature - a positive and hopeful comment on the nature of the human being.
The blurb is somewhat misleading, suggesting that Life of Pi is only about the travails of a boy trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger: in fact there are 100 pages before this main event. But the miracle is that even when restricted to one human character and a twenty-odd foot lifeboat, Martel is never boring, and never resorts to childish anthropormism with the animals either: Pi really does have to survive with a 450-pound Bengal tiger, hungry and uncartoonish and nearby.
Speaking of miracles, the narrator's pushy insistence throughout the book that it will "make you believe in God" is the only chunk of the novel I couldn't quite swallow. There's no godliness whatsoever - unless it's moving in mysteriously subtle ways or something and I'm just too much of an atheistic blockhead to see it - unless you count the instances of Pi praising God when something good happens to interrupt the terrible attrition of life on the lifeboat. And frankly who wouldn't hedge their bets a bit in such a situation?Read more ›
Pi's father ran a huge zoo in Pondicherry in the 1970s. The narrator gives a thought-provoking defence of well-run zoos and an attack on the "myth" that animals are "freer" in the wild. His father warns his children against anthropomorphizing animals, and always to remember that, however cuddly they may be as youngsters, they are almost all potential killers or maimers if you approach the adults as if they liked you as much as you liked them. And there are many other words of wisdom about what animals need and what they fear, and how a good zoo keeper will understand that.
From infancy Pi grew up steeped, first in the sounds, sights and smells of Hinduism and then its teaching, one of whose remarkable qualities it is that it there is room in it for all gods of all religions, including Christianity. The adolescent Pi himself, despite his misgivings about how unlike the Christian and the Muslim God is to the gods of Hinduism, recognizes that, in their pure form, these religions, like that of the Hindus, teach Love, and he embraces them all together, worshipping in temple, church and mosque - to the anger of their presiding clerics when they find out, and to the perplexity of his "modern" father.
All this takes up the first quarter of the book - no hint yet of the shipwreck and the lifeboat together with the tiger, which is what the cover of the book and the film suggest the book is really all about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read, had to laugh at Pi's view of religion. Talk about covering all bases!Published 1 month ago by Daz robbins
M ore for people who can understand the story.was bored with it I can understand the film may be better.Published 1 month ago
The most beautifully written book I've ever had the privilege to have read! Stunning and poignant. Haunting but majestic! Amazing!Published 1 month ago
Didn't like this book at all. Don't know what all the hype is aboutPublished 1 month ago by A. E. Hall