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smartchick.nina, February 1, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
This book was amazing. The story is exciting, about survival and a life-or-death situation, but it really is about much more. Pi's views on religion and on life were eye-opening and wonderful. The story pulled me in with its suspense and then its philosophy made me think. The story is filled with metaphor, but also filled with color and life and creativity.
I've already read it many times again and again. A good book changes you, and this book changed me.
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Stacy Tessier, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Stacy Tessier)
I rediscovered this book as I was moving in April. I had read it many years ago but had forgotten the wonder of the book until I decided to read it again. I love how the story weaves back and forth and I love all of the questions that remain at the end. I shared this book with anyone who would listen to me this year.
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duncan44, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by duncan44)
The novel Life of Pi was a truly unimaginable novel. The novel was packed full with action, suspense, and many other factors. From beginning to end, the author knows just how to grab your attention by throwing confusing, yet necessary twists in sections of the story. The book starts out with Picsine Molitor Patel talking about his life before the tragic sinking of his father’s boat. His father owned a zoo in India that contained all sorts of animals. They were transporting their animals and themselves to North America to start a new living and a new zoo. On the way, Pi underwent a tragic loss as the boat sank because his father, his mother, his brother, and the majority of the zoo animals had lost their lives in the sinking of the boat. Towards the middle, Pi ends up on the boat with a four hundred and fifty pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Throughout the story, Pi battles flying fish, sharks, and while doing all of this, he must hide himself from Richard Parker so he isn’t eaten or mauled.
I never started enjoying the novel towards the middle and end because the first part was really confusing to me. Overall, I liked the novel because it was fiction but the author made it all seem real. The author did this by describing how it would be to have a tiger like Richard Parker on a lifeboat with you and also how he describes the hardships or how it would be to be out on the ocean in a lifeboat struggling for food and other resources. That was my thought about the novel. The message I thought the author was trying to get to the reader is that no matter how bad something may get, you have to keep pushing on and wait for the outcome.
I thought that the author the novel Life of Pi must be an absolute genius to think of a story as good as this one. He put everything together very well and he knew how to stick to a subject in the book without getting to far off track. The thing that will change the reader’s perspective most can be perceived in many different ways and whichever way is thought of by the reader is what they thought was the right answer.
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wasup_128, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by wasup_128)
Life of Pi is what some would call a classic. Written by Yann Martel, this story is very suspenseful, action packed book about the life of Pi Patel, a sixteen year old son of a zoo keeper. He is influenced by a number of religions along with several life lessons he picks up at his family’s zoo while still living in India. The main point in the first part of Life of Pi is to explain Pi’s life so far and to establish key things that later come up in the book.
Unlike the first part of Life of Pi the second part is less about Pi’s life and more about adventure. It starts off with Pi and his family moving to Canada, but unlike most moves Pi and his family are taking the whole zoo with them. They end up on a freight boat with a Japanese crew. One morning the boat mysteriously sinks and Pi is thrown overboard by the crew. Pi later ends up on the life boat with a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker ”His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth", a zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. Eventually by the process of nature Pi ends up with Richard Parker for his only companion. While trying to figure out a way to keep from being the tigers next meal he also faces obstacles such as sharks, flying fish, and the lack of fresh water. Even when times seem to be getting worse Pi and Richard Parker manage to survive on the 26 foot life boat. The entire ordeal ends up lasting a grueling 227 days at sea.
Life of Pi is a great read with a lot of lessons to teach people about life. It shows that even when times are tough to keep pressing on. It connects to everyone in a different way and should be at everyone’s to read list.
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Christian Sweeney, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by Christian Sweeney)
Meet Pi Patel, a simple teenage boy, but not quite what anyone would call normal. He and his family own a zoo, which he displays with his great knowledge on all things zoological. But beyond that, he thrusts himself into a world full of philosophy and religion. When he embarks on a journey to “find God” as he says, he becomes active in three popular world religions: Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. He shows curiosity beyond any person you will have ever met, and actively pursues each individual religion passionately and enthusiastically.
However, when his family is forced to move to Canada because of rising costs, Pi is lost. Literally. While traveling over the Pacific Ocean, his boat is sunk by an unknown catastrophe. Pi is left alone with a variety of animals, the most relevant being a full grown Bengal Tiger. The tiger, named Richard Parker, is eager to show his dominance and control in the twenty foot lifeboat that has become their prison. If Pi desires to live past this tragedy, he must quickly show the tiger that he, Pi Patel, is the dominant creature in the boat. However, that proves to be a bigger problem than it first appears, as the tiger slowly, one-by-one, picks off the other animals in the boat.
As the reader continues through this book, he will learn a lot about the true nature of humans, and find his perspective on animal-human similarities constantly changing. This book is definitely going to require an amount of thinking and reflecting not found in other books. Anyone who reads this book will add it to their favorites list for years to come. Even if you are not a normally philosophical person, this book will change you. It is impossible to read this book and leave without philosophically debating ideas you had never considered before, with opinions you never expected to have.
The author must be a genius, to have written the book as he did. Also, the message the reader will leave with, while most likely perplexing and unclear, will cause the reader’s perspective to be changed permanently.
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Student Edition
Martel, Yann
Mariner Books
Action & Adventure
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Religious - General
General Fiction
General Juvenile Fiction
Popular Fiction - Adventure
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Product details 420 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030205 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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.'"
"Review" by , "A work of wonder....[T]he kind of twist-and-turns spellbinder that's almost impossible to forget."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , When his ship sinks, a teen emigrating with his family from India to North America finds himself alone in a lifeboat — his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
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