September 25th, 2004

Life of Pi

Book #97 - The Life of Pi

#97 - Life of Pi - Yann Martel

I have so much love for this book! ::happy sigh:: It was amazing. Amazing. Seriously. I enjoyed this more than any book I've read in a while, and I've read some excellent books lately. Originally, I'd intended to register and release this copy when I'd finished it, but after I'd read the final page (more than once - I was so disappointed that there wasn't more, I almost couldn't bear for it to be over), I closed the book, held it to my chest and said aloud, "You are not going anywhere - you are staying here with me." (Seriously. I really did speak out loud to this book).

I suppose I should probably say a bit about what the book is actually about, eh? As most people know, it's about a boy who get shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger (this isn't really a spoiler; at least on my edition, it was clear from the cover illustration that this is what happens). The first part of the story takes place in India, and tells of Pi's life and especially his spiritual journey, in which he decides that Christianity, Hinduism and Islam are all true faiths, and he wants to practice all three of them. It's really lovely how he describes all this. Throughout the book, I enjoyed the prose, especially Pi's descriptions of his own mental process. It was rich, and very real to me. In fact, there is a part of me that believes that all this really happened, in spite of knowing that this book says "fiction" on the spine. :D Then, once he and his family get on the boat to Canada, a whole new adventure begins. If you haven't read this book, I highly, highly recommend it, and I think it would be appropriate for younger people, as well (teenagers, maybe even a bit younger). If you haven't read it yet, don't click below, because I give away the ending. Instead, go find a copy of this book and read it. :D

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