j1ll, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by j1ll)
Life of Pi is my favorite book. Martel's rich characterization of Piscine is just incredible and moving. This story will really stick to you. Martel is a truly talented artist and his works are phenomenal.
It fascinated me that Pi, in the first part of the novel, raised as a Hindu,introduced to Christianity and Islam, tries to follow all three religions. He tries to understand and love God through each religion accepting the benefits of each.
When his family decides to sell their zoo over a land dispute with the government, we get insights into the politics and complications of Indian government. The storytelling becomes wild after his family's death when survivor Pi is in a small lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan. My favorite part was the incredible relationship that Pi and Richard Parker create...very bizarre and totally unbelievable but I could not put the book down.
In the third part of the novel, two Japanese government officials doubt Pi's story and I loved the way he creates a different explanation which might be the truer one and he asks them to pick their preferred one! I am always amazed when a person creates such a complicated plot. I will want to read this book again but am not sure I want to see the movie!
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Isabella, November 26, 2012 (view all comments by Isabella)
I started this book thinking it was going to be another survival story, only with a tiger thrown in. I was so wrong. Yann Martel's story was amazingly written and made me feel like I was there on the lifeboat experiencing the character's thoughts and feelings. The situations and settings that Pi found himself in were both beautiful and brutally horrific at once. And then there was the ending.... Fantastic.
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melissamarkham, September 26, 2012 (view all comments by melissamarkham)
Like good wine and a good friend, this marvelous book gets better with age. The first read-through is a delightful journey of discovery. Subsequent readings delve the discerning reader into Martel's profound meaning. The reader is presented with two stories and asked which is the true story. In the end, though, it doesn't matter. What matters is why we believe (or refuse to believe) that which requires imagination.
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I admit it; before reading Life of Pi, I thought, There's just no way that Yann Martel can write a whole book about a teenage boy and a tiger stranded together in a lifeboat for 277 days. But, I was so wrong; he pulls it off beautifully. You will love this utterly charming and unforgettable book.
by The New Yorker,
"This breezily aphoristic, unapologetically twee saga of man and cat is a convincing hands-on, how-to guide for dealing with what Pi calls, with typically understated brio, 'major lifeboat pests.'"
by Suzy Hansen, Salon.com,
"Martel's Life of Pi might sound ridiculous, but by the time Martel throws Pi out to sea, his quirkily magical and often hilarious vision has already taken hold....Martel is so mesmerized by Pi that one can't help but be enchanted too....Pi's lost-at-sea story never drags. The slow journey is spiked with fascinating survival scenes....Pi's story is so extraordinary that when he finally makes it ashore, he offers a comparatively boring version of the tale to two researchers, acknowledging that humans don't have much of a taste for the miraculous. This played-down version makes Pi's true tale, thanks to Martel's beautifully fantastical and spirited rendering, all the more tempting to believe."
by Paul Evans, Book Magazine,
"A work of wonder....[T]he kind of twist-and-turns spellbinder that's almost impossible to forget."
by The New Yorker,
"An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la Kon-Tiki, and hilarious... : This audacious novel manages to be all of these."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Life of Pi is a real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny....It's difficult to stop reading when the pages run out."
by Los Angeles Times Book Review,
"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."
This brilliant novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with four wild animals. His knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist for 227 days with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
A New York Times Notable Book of 2002
Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks — and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do?
More than seven million copies sold...
New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller
After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan — and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.
Universally acclaimed upon publication, Life of Pi is a modern classic.
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