Life of Pi was written by Yann Martel. He is a Canadian author from Saskatoon and wrote this bestselling book in 2002. I hear it is a famous book and the scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years. Exciting, isn't it? But her is the juicy part - the plot. The storyline is set in 1977 to 1978 in the Pacific Ocean for the majority of the book. The main character is called Piscine Patel, shortly Pi Patel. He and his family decide to move from India because in late-70s, they didn't feel safe about their government and really wanted to move to Canada, Winnipeg. The government was one of the push factors of the country. Gotta love Geography as a subject, huh? Anyways, Pi and his family go to Canada on an old Japanese ship called Tsimtsum. But they didn't make it to Winnipeg because their ship sank. Pi, as it not so conveniently happens to be, is the only survivor of the disaster other than a 450 pound Bengal tiger, a female orangutan, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg and Pi himself. Surprisingly, and I suppose quite obviously, Pi survived or who would be here to tell the story to us, right? But during the book, though I was scared for Pi, and you know, the probability of getting to land in the ocean on a raft is quite low, I felt quite entertained by the book (that might be because I wasn't the one stuck in the ocean on a raft, haha). This part of the article is for great people that stayed till the end. It contains major spoilers about the book but also offers quite a lot of food for thought. Do you remember how Pi spoke to the Japanese officials in Mexico? And how he made that analogy - he is the tiger, the brute cook from the ship was the hyena, the orangutan was his mom and the zebra was a Japanese sailor. I wonder if this is the darker but a truthful story... We will never know this now, huh? 5/5 Stars. @readermariacom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I could not open the file. Cannot listen to the audiobook. Don't know why. Hope the instruction is clearer.
A great mix: funny, adventurous, suspenseful, insightful, and, above all, playful. The narrator's reading is quite good, albeit with a few hiccups.
When a writer can focus most of a book on the experiences of a young man adrift in a lifeboat for seven months, where every day is a fight for survival but also hopelessly monotonous, and infuse it with meaning, that's a book worth reading.
I've seen the movie before I listened to this book. It didn't ruin my experience. The movie and book are different. I really enjoyed the book. It is a rewarding book to read. Also can be very tough to read.
I recommend the audiobook. It is well produced and narrated. The main narrator performs (mostly) in an Indian accent, which is authentic to the character. However, I can report as someone with ample knowledge of Indian languages that he gets many basic pronunciations wrong. Although the accent itself is genuine, his pronunciations of certain foods and other Indian concepts are British! If you don't know anything about Tamil (the character's native language) phonology or the pronunciation of Indian foods, this is not going to bother you. But if you do, and especially if you have Indian heritage, this might be annoying to you. It's not a deal breaker, though; this is still an excellent audiobook.
Possessing a broad philosophical curiosity is a good prerequisite before reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The story is so full of meditations on the purpose of life, human nature and suffering that many would say it's didactic. Have you ever spoken at-length to someone who is deeply spiritual? For them, life's big questions are of the highest importance and their constant discussion is necessary. This is the tone to expect when you hear Pi tell his story.
"How can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view I have of things? This peephole is all I've got."
I love the above quote from the book, an introspection from Pi himself. The meaning doesn't necessarily sum up the story in any way though it does touch on the struggle of finding God amidst great suffering. I'm not a religious man, but I do recognize the humanity in searching for something larger than yourself, especially in times of abysmal hardship and hopelessness.
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Parts of it I really enjoyed and parts even made me laugh out loud. Parts of it I found beyond repulsive - the detail seemed excessive. All of it, I found VERY long. BUT, I came to the conclusion that was the point - that by going into long and often excruciating levels of detail, Yann Martel actually very effectively brought the reader into Pi's world.
story of shipwreck of a 16 yr old Indian boy, son of a zookeeper, in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger somehow living for over 6 months and being found washed ashore in Mexico. Well done!
I think it was a little over my head so I found it confusing sometimes. I also laughed out loud on parts! I liked how they described animals feelings as animals, when we humans tend to humanize the animals so much. It put a different spin on my view of animals in Zoo's.
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"This book was born as I was hungry."
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