October 28, 2004

Vivid, imaginative, thought–provoking

Book front cover
Title:
Life of Pi
Author:
Yann Martel
ISBN:
184195392X
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

I doubt that I would ever have picked up this book in a shop. The premise of a young boy in a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a royal bengal tiger sounds interesting, but I just couldn't imagine it being any good.

Though I don't agree with the assertion at the beginning that "this story will make you believe in god by the end", I still found it to be such a good book that I could hardly put it down.

At first, I could hardly conceive reading a book about a castaway in a lifeboat (at least Robinson Crusoe had an island to live on!) but I discovered that being shipwrecked in a lifeboat with a tiger is not necesseraily over after a couple of hours. Indeed the whole story of how Pi survives his time on the lifeboat is both tragic and breathtaking.

The themes and ideas discussed in this book are engaging and thought-provoking. Especially when you reach the end of the book you understand that the story is not all it seems. Furthermore, I have never pondered the end of a book more than this one.

The book is imaginativly written, filled with vivid descriptions which bring everything to life and immerse you in the fate of young Pi. You could never otherwise imagine just how much there is to discover when you are alone in the Pacific with a tiger.

I look forward to the next book that Yann Martel writes, since I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you're looking for an up and coming author, Yann Martel would be an excellent choice.


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  1. Lahari de Alwis

    Finally! Someone who has read this book. I read it last year and am still trying to figure out what really happened. And yet, are we even supposed to figure out what happened? Or, just think about our general perceptions of Life and humanity. It gives you a lot of insight into how the world revolves around other people's opinions. I found his life in India fascinating. One thing I really don't understand is the part about the carnivorous island. It still gives me chills. Is it a metaphor? Any opinions?

    28 Oct 2004, 23:54


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