Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Publishing Date: 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Books
319 pages


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?

My Review

I'm kind of undecided about this book. I liked the story, and I thought it was very well written. However, it didn't seem to suck me in the way it seems to have of many other readers. I thought the story was compelling, and I wanted to keep reading it, but at the same time, I was kind of disappointed. I expected this book to completely wrap me up in the story, but it just didn't. I'm actually quite sad that this book wasn't what I thought it would be. This is not to say that it wasn't a good book, and that others shouldn't read it. I will still recommend this to others. It just isn't in my top favorites. But I really did enjoy the passages about having multiple religions. I'm not a very religious person, but I think its interesting how this subject was talked about. You can have multiple nationalities, identify with multiple ethnicities, so why can't you have multiple religions? Just a thought...

Favorite Quotes

- "Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs what it can." pg. 6

- "These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart." pg. 71

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  1. I've not read the book but I've recently watched the movie and my reaction was same as yours. Its not that I don't like it but there was still something which kept me away from rating it 5/5.
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  2. I agree, there was just something about which didn't make it amazing for me. I will probably watch the movie at some point, but after reading the book I'm not rushing out to get it.

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  3. Started this but it wasn't doing it for me so I abandoned. Like the mix of books you are reviewing here:-)
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  4. Thanks Trish! I really like reading all different kinds of books, so my reviews will be a mix of all genres :)

    Following your blog as well now. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!