Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in . Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for?" According to Gordon Houser there are two. - download Life of Pi: A Novel book online at best prices in India on site .in. Read Life of Pi: A Novel book reviews & author details and more at. Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, an astonishing work of imagination that will delight and stun readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of .

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Part One is narrated in the first person by Pi. Pi narrates from an advanced age, looking back at his earlier life as a high school and college student in Toronto. Life of Pi book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in. The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from.

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In one of the many elegant, informative digressions in the book's first section, Martel takes us through instances of zoomorphism, whereby an animal takes a human or another animal to be one of its own species, and the usual predator-prey relationship is suspended. Pi characterises this adaptive leap of faith as "that measure of madness that moves life in strange but saving ways"; in other words, his coexistence with the tiger is possible precisely because it has never happened before.

Faith and science, two marvelling perspectives on the world, coexist throughout the book in a fine, delicate balance, as when the two Mr Kumars, one Pi's atheist teacher and the other the baker who introduces him to Islam, meet at the zoo to "take the pulse of the universe" and wonder together, in opposing ways, at the sheer surprisingness of the zebra and its stripes.

In its subject and its style, this enormously lovable novel is suffused with wonder: a willed innocence that produces a fresh, sideways look at our habitual assumptions, about religious divisions, or zoos versus the wild, or the possibility of freedom. As Martel promises in his author's note, this is fiction probing the imaginative realm with scientific exactitude, twisting reality to "bring out its essence".

The realism that carried the reader in the erratic wake of the small boy and large tiger falters as they begin to waste away and die - and then the book gets seriously strange, with ghostly visitations and impossible islands, as though Martel wants not so much to test our credulity as entirely to annihilate it. It's an odd tactic, though it does leave a fertile interpretative space, a dark undercurrent below the narrative's main structure, which has the neatness of fable.

Though horrors are hinted at, "this story", as the book had unfashionably assured us, "has a happy ending. Of course, the officials who arrive to investigate the ship's sinking don't believe him for a moment.

In a daring coda, Pi offers them another story, which turns the tale on its head and seals Martel's extraordinary, one-off achievement. He had written earlier about how a blinkered dedication to factuality can lead one to "miss the better story". For me, this is not a point that can be overlooked in such fiction or in life. I did not love Life of Pi , I never could, though it is a book that made me think about the purposes of fiction and the power of stories, true or untrue.

View all 11 comments. View all 27 comments. I loved this book! I watched the film before reading the book and I loved both of them.

I enjoy short chapters so this was good for me. Best scene was the 3 religious men arguing about Pi's religion. Found it really smartly done and funny.

View all 4 comments. Just you ,an Indian small boy and a royal Bengal Tiger. But before you're thrown to that small life boat into the wide ocean Little Pi picked the best and the greatest manners of every religion ; Hinduism,Christianity, and Islam.. His life in the quite Indian small city 'Pondicherry' which was -for me- the best part of the book with its spiritual events, the zoo beautifully,amazingly colorful illustrated by words described in the first Part of the novel.

But That was calm before the storm and the events of the Part 2 where you stick at that boat with them as I've said before.. So hard those ,boring sometimes, bit disgusting but most of the time thrilling and exciting.. Into a wondrous ocean.. Then the final part A Twist like no other Well it may be the first time that I can't say which was better the movie or the novel.. The thing is the movie was stronger in some points "of course the visual effect and cinematography was BRILLIANT , a true piece of art" but otherwise it missed some important spirit of the novel..

So Still I prefer the movie a little bit.. Mohammed Arabey 20 March to 2 April my first review before reading it "The Movie is amazing Can't wait to read the book" Just for fun View all 10 comments.

View all 15 comments. Aug 20, s. Those looking for an uplifting, spiritual story. Recommended to s. All this praise lauded upon the cover is instantly telling that this is a novel that has reached a wide audience, and is most likely aimed towards wide critical acclaim. That is all fine, and bravo to Mr. Martel for being able to leave his mark on the bestseller list, something I can only imagine in my wildest of wildest dreams, but sometimes when reaching for a large audience you have to elbow out a small percentage of readers.

This is a difficult novel to review as, firstly, I did enjoy reading the book. I gave in to reading this book that I have been purposely avoiding after reading the excellent review from mi Hermana. I had a lot of fun discussing this book with her, texting her my shocks and suprises in the plot, and discussing the book in several threads with fellow Goodreaders. As anyone can see with a quick glance at the overall ratings, this book seems to really strike a chord in many readers, yet also brings a large crowd of dissenters.

In all fairness to the novel, and to my usual reading list, I have to dissect this book with the same views of novels that I would any other. Life of Pi was a pleasurable read that suffered from a heavy-handed serving of morality. While Martel delivers one charming phrase after the next with a graceful flow, he would have greatly benefited from a touch of subtlety.

All to often, Martel would draw conclusions for the reader. Martel spoils the moment by explaining that Mr. Even more obscure ideas are spoiled in such a manner. It is that special moment of understanding an allusion in literature that keeps me reading a wide variety of texts, and it seems insulting to have someone to make connections without giving you an opportunity.

It is a noble goal, and it gets people who do not typically read to like and enjoy a book, so I cannot necessarily knock him for it as that was his goal, but this is all to my chagrin. The question now is, does Martel conclude things properly? I personally loved the conclusion to this book. He successfully pulls the rug out from under the reader and exposes the real message behind the book. The twisting of it to bring out its essence?

Notice that! Remember what we talked about!? Which, once again, is not a bad thing, if that is what you are looking for. It reminded me of something a professor once told me in a World Religions course. He described church as something that, and this is his opinion, is a crutch for those who needed it. He compared the obligation to attend to telling a girlfriend you only hang out with them because you feel you have to and are obligated to.

While his opinion is a bit harsh and easily offensive, what he was really trying to say is you should believe because you want to, not because you have to. Once again, in hopes to reassure and reach a large audience, Martel rudely elbows out the remainder. However, I really feel uncomfortable discussing beliefs on the open seas of the internet, and I really hope nothing said here offends you as that is not my intention. Please understand I am only speaking in relevance to my thoughts on a book, not on religion.

The insistence of Martel to wrap a cool concept with spirituality is a major reason why it is so difficult to talk about this book. The whole point here is that a lot of what Martel says has been said before, better, and with more willingness to evoke a change in the reader. All that said, there is a lot that I truly enjoyed about this book. If you push all the aforementioned details aside, this was a wild ride.

This made me want to visit zoos and hug a tiger. Look how cute this tiger is: After reading this book, you will know why you should never, ever try to hug a tiger or take a wild animal for granted.

He makes an interesting point how we force cute cuddly animal toys on children and make them think they are some domestic pet. Are cute cuddly animal toys then religion?

I also enjoyed how the animal story is also chock full of scientific facts and details, which fuses the idea of religion and science together instead of showing them as opposites. Thre were some symbolism, the ones he left untainted by a forced explanation, that really struck me. The tiger itself is open for many views, either as God, Pi, or life itself - something we must face and tame lest it destroy us. However, could it be the killer inside us all, an urge and animalistic force we must keep in check in order to exist in a civilized society?

In a way, I felt that the ending could almost be an attack on religion, showing it as nothing more than a pretty way of viewing a world as ugly as our own. I felt that the tarpauline served as a similar symbol. It was a feeling of security, something to stand on, but underneath was the violent truth of a deadly tiger. Perhaps it was our personal sense of security which is actually just thin and flimsy. When Martel doesn't slap us with his meaning, it is quite good.

I was simply not the intended audience for this novel. However, Martel has a positive message that he wanted to reach a wide audience in hopes to spread peace to a world badly in need of it, so I cannot be too harsh on him. He achieved his goals for the novel, but his novel did not reach my goals for literature. Still, this was a fun read and I would recommend it. Because you deserve them: Dec 13, Tiffany rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I discovered early in The Life of Pi why the main character was named after a infinite number - the book is an interminable bore.

This book is sort of a Rorschach test for religious belief, so here's my take.

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If you haven't read Pi yet and want to, the rest of my review will spoil it for you, so be warned. The story is told in 3 parts. The opening is a reflection back on Pi's childhood at the zoo in Pondicherry. During this segment, he tells us that his story will lead us to have faith in God, a I discovered early in The Life of Pi why the main character was named after a infinite number - the book is an interminable bore.

During this segment, he tells us that his story will lead us to have faith in God, and that the next part of the story "has a happy ending.

His family dies and he floats on a lifeboat with several animals including a very dangerous tiger. At first, the tiger is hidden from Pi's view, but as he becomes more desperate to survive and more willing to stretch the boundaries of his civilized nature, the tiger emerges and the two survive together. The tiger is symbolic of Pi's animal nature, which allows him to resort to whatever he must do to survive such a harrowing experience. He resorts to cannibalism, eating feces, and several other disgusting things in his efforts to survive, and advises the reader not to judge him harshly.

In the meantime, he is performing religious rituals that he makes up and says that God helped him survive. My reading of this was fairly dark and I'm assuming this was tongue in cheek. He talks in one breath about atrocities and in the next about God saving him. It struck me as the opposite of Martel's stated intent to make someone believe in God; rather, he was making fun of people who do. Pi finds an island of algae where he floats for several days. It appears to be beautiful and a respite from his troubles - in actuality, it's an ugly, horrible place where innocent, peaceful creatures are gobbled up by the tiger, and Pi is happy for them to be sacrificed.

Pi's feet are burned by the ground. Fruit has teeth. Nothing is at it seems. In my opinion, the island is a representation of the promise of organized religion. It looks beautiful and promises respite from grief and sorrow, hunger and despair.

But in actuality, beliefs divide us; people are killed for religion. Many times we float "alone" but for the presence of God, or we face illness, pain, death, despair. We are left to ask ourselves why God has abandoned us if our faith is not strong. What should be good turns hideous. In the final section, Pi leaves the island and is rescued. The men who come to interview him are told the story of Pi's journey to safety, and they don't believe him. Pi at first tells them that they should take his story on faith, much like we take our religion beliefs and Biblical teachings on faith.

When the men are not satisfied about Pi's account, he changes his story so that it's easier for the interviewers to understand - saying that each animal actually represented a person.

Which is true is left open to the readers interpretation. Pi tells of the atrocities he committed, and the atrocities committed by the other survivors. He explains how he murdered one of his crewmates to survive. Then, after the other man's death, "Solitude began. I turned to God. I survived. If he hadn't committed a murder, he would have been killed by the other man. God comes into play after there is nothing to fear. Pi asks the interviewers which story they prefer - the cleaned up version with the animals, or the version with the people committing murders and atrocities against each other.

They prefer the animal version. Pi says, "And so it goes with God. Not the version where God leaves us to struggle and we suffer, but the version where love triumphs and God stands beside us. The "happy ending" is one that is manufactured - Martel's truth seems to be that we people of faith are dupes; if only we would look at the darkness, we would see the humanity in it.

He fails to understand that that is exactly the point of faith. View all 22 comments. Aug 30, Jenny rated it did not like it Shelves: Once, while riding the bus, I told a friend I hated this book. A guy I'd never met turned around to tell me that he was shocked and this was a beautiful book.

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I can sum up my hatred of this book by saying this: At the end of the book a character asks "Do you prefer the story with animals or without? View all 21 comments. Aug 11, Teresa Jusino rated it really liked it Shelves: On the surface, it's the story of a 16 year old Indian boy named "Pi" who, when he and his zookeeping family decide to transplant themselves and some animals to Canada, ends up stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a lb Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker.

In reality, this book is an examination of faith in all its forms. Young Pi loves God, and to prove it he becomes Christian and Muslim in addition to his nat On the surface, it's the story of a 16 year old Indian boy named "Pi" who, when he and his zookeeping family decide to transplant themselves and some animals to Canada, ends up stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a lb Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker. Young Pi loves God, and to prove it he becomes Christian and Muslim in addition to his native Hinduism.

He also loves animals, and much of the book examines animal psychology and its relationship to human psychology in a vibrant, interesting way. This book had me asking questions about my life, my beliefs, and my society on just about every page If ever there was a novel that could be called a litmus test, it's this one. Favorite quotes: It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith.

LIke me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them - and then they leap. I don't mean to defend zoos. Close them all down if you want and let us hope that what wildlife remains can survive in what is left of the natural world. I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces.

Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both. She heard 'hairless Christians', and that is what they were to her for many years. When I corrected her, I told her that in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.

Look at the world created in seven days. Even on a symbolic level, that's creation in a frenzy. To one born in a religion where the battle for a single soul can be a relay race run over many centuries, with innumerable generations passing along the baton, the quick resolution of Christianity has a dizzying effect. If Hinduism flows placidly like the Ganges, then Christianity bustles like Toronto at rush hour.

It is a religion as swift as a swallow, as urgent as an ambulance. It turns on a dime, expresses itself in the instant. In a moment, you are lost or saved. Christianity stretches back through the ages, but in essence it exists only at one time: View all 9 comments. Jul 29, Lola rated it it was ok Shelves: This one could have been a winner for me if it had been less descriptive. The movie is much more enjoyable. View all 13 comments. Jan 31, Justin rated it it was amazing.

People often see me walking down the street, casually, minding my own business, and they always stop and ask me, "Yo, Justin, what are you reading these days? Pretty good so far. Better than I expected! Kinda slow. Also, that never actually happens to me. Or does it? Anyway, I did tell a few people I was reading Life of Pi and every singe one of them said, "Oh yeah, isn't that the book about the guy and a tiger on a raft? The book about some guy on a boat with a tiger.

And they are absolutely right. I mean, if you needed a one sentence synopsis of Life of Pi you would say it's about some dude floating around on a raft or a boat or something with a tiger, and that would be it. You nailed it. Except Pi isn't on a lifeboat with Richard Parker the tiger until about halfway through the book. So that synopsis isn't enough because there is so much more going on in Life of Pi.

So much more. So let's start with the biggest reason this book gets a coveted five star rating from me: I got to learn all about zoos and the animals that inhabit them. I'm kidding, a little, kind of, but the beginning of the book is just fascinating to read. Pi weaves in stories of his childhood with facts about India, religion, animals, zoos, family, and all kinds of other stuff.

One scene in particular that I loved was when Pi was trying to determine his religion and the choice that follows. Just humorous, insightful stuff all around, and I forgot all about what the book is really about.

I won't remind you. The story moves from all of that stuff, like a memoir I guess, to an adventure story. Now, I'm not a huge adventure story kind of guy, but the writing was so engaging and the audiobook narration was so intoxicating that I kept plugging along with all the craziness Pi finds himself in.

It gets pretty violent and a little disgusting st times, but you're reading about wild animals and about a guy who is caught in a horrible tale of survival. It's not too bad. Then, the end of the book comes along, and oh my god I can't even tell you about the end of the book.

It's awesome though. Just trust me on this one if you haven't read it already. You've probably read it already. You've probably seen the movie, too, you awesome person you. Look st you go. I'm gonna watch the movie as soon as possible. Looking forward to it. This was a fantastic audiobook that I spent almost s month listening to during my morning commute.

Whatever I pop in next has a tough act to follow. January has been a pretty solid month of reading for me. Definitely ended it on a high note. I don't rate books five stars very often because I'm a overly critical book critic, but this is a five star read that deserves a little bit of your time.

View all 18 comments. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age.

He survives days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Life of Pi, according to Yann Martel, can be summarized in three statements: You can choose your story A story with God is the better story. View 2 comments. Oct 05, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. For years I noticed this book on display, particularly its cartoonish paperback cover.

Was it a children's book? This Pi stuff -- was it something about math? It's a castaway story and like all castaway and shipwreck stories it's about human endurance, indomitable spirit and man vs. The things that distinguish this story from Robinson Crusoe or Tom Hanks in Cast Away, is that the main character Pi, short for Piscine is trapped in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

He's Indian and multi-re For years I noticed this book on display, particularly its cartoonish paperback cover. He's Indian and multi-religious - a true believer in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

He comes from a family of zookeepers who were transporting their animals by freighter. This is how he wound up with a tiger in his lifeboat. It's an inspiring book, but drags in spots -- more than days at sea is a lot of fish and storm stories.

I kept waiting for the multi-religious theme to play a real role in the story but it did so only peripherally, so the plot seems a bit disconnected. In the end, we are offered two stories: A key theme comes at the end of the book in a throwaway line: Which story do you prefer? So it is with God. It's a good read and a unique plot. View all 31 comments. I'm a huge fan of Yann Martel's allegorical story. I read Life of Pi shortly after it had won the Booker, heavily intrigued by the story's improbable premise boy in lifeboat with Bengal tiger.

I was keen to see how the author could pull this off. But pull it off he did, taking me back to a wondrous childhood of adventure tales and fables. And you are welcome to whack me over the head with a leather-bound copy of War and Peace, but I am such a sucker for exotic book covers!

Please read the book, do I'm a huge fan of Yann Martel's allegorical story. Please read the book, don't see the film: Ditto, Captain Corelli. Oct 03, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not a story of a boy and his BFF tiger.

This is nothing like Calvin and Hobbes. The tiger is nothing like Tigger or Lassie. This is not a YA book. That is worth pointing out I think, because the movie poster and trailer gave me this impression. This book has teeth.

My initial thoughts on Life of Pi is that it is a book that demands to be read slowly due to a rambling nonlinear narrative in the first few chapters. Actually it is not, it can be read fairly quickly once you hit your stride with i This is not a story of a boy and his BFF tiger. Actually it is not, it can be read fairly quickly once you hit your stride with it. Any way, the novel got off to a slow start for me though I found the intro "Author's Notes" immediately appealing.

That sorts itself out after a while as I settled into the author's narrative style and the book's structure. There are some expositions about about running a zoo and animal psychology which I find very interesting. I certainly know some people who believe zoos are immoral and all the caged animals should be set free, this book presents a plausible case for why this may not be such a good idea and that the animals are unlikely to be grateful to the liberators.

I am not normally a fan of infodumps, but these expositions are affably written and mostly non-technical. Once the main part of the story begins, where poor Pi is cast away on a life boat with some wild animals the books becomes very engaging and I was devouring his adventure and could not wait to find out what happen next.

The ocean adventure part of the book is really a riveting read. As Pi settles into his life on the life boat the book becomes trippy and metaphysical in parts. If you read online discussions about this book you will find several interpretation of what it all means and what really transpires in the book.

To go into too much detail about this ambiguous aspect of the book would risk spoiling the book for potential readers, suffice to say that the book left me with plenty of food for thought which is still swirling in my head as I write. Art by Neanderthal-Jam There are elements of humour scattered throughout the book, the style of humor tend to be fairly subtle, my favorite humorous scene involves three bickering wise men and a boy of multiple faiths.

I also love how the major supporting character Richard Parker came by his name. My favorite aspect of the book is the prose style which is lyrical, accessible and generally very pleasant to read. Here is one of my favorite passages: I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare.

I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. This book is often classified as a fantasy but I wonder if it is actually more scifi? Some strange places and things are rationalized with scientific assumptions, particularly a mysterious island that appears in the last section of the book.

Some people are understandably frustrated and annoyed by the epilogue of the book where everything seems to turn upside down, or not depending on how you want to interpret this part of the book.

It surprised the hell out of me but adds to the enjoyment of the book, and I don't think it invalidates anything that goes on in the preceding chapters. Looking at other Goodreads reviews Life of Pi seems to be divisive among its readers.

Quite a few people find the book pretentious and not as intelligent or profound as the author presents it to be. They may be on to something, I don't really know.

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Oftentimes I find the reviewers just as pretentious as the book they are criticizing, is this a case of an eye for an eye?

Personally I just wanted it to be entertaining and interesting and it meets these criteria in spades. A little pretentiousness does not bother me as long as the book is a good read. I have no qualms at all about recommending this book, may be you will love it like I do, may be it will make you mad and you will throw it at the wall.

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I really don't know how it will be for you. Totally worth a shot in my opinion. Art by gluecifer View all 16 comments. Oct 05, Richard Derus rated it it was ok. Some will see this as good news As one can readily see, no smarm or treacle has been spared. The whole world has a copy of this book, including me Over 10, copies of this on LT, so how many trees died just for our copies alone? Don't go into the forest, ladies and gents, the trees will be lookin' for revenge after they read this book.

There is no question that Martel can write lovely sentences: There were flies aboard the lifeboat. They emerged and flew about in the way of flies, in great, lazy orbits except when they came close to each other, when they spiralled together with dizzying speed and a burst of buzzing. Good, good stuff, nicely observed and handsomely rendered, and not enough to lift this dreary pseudo-philosophical rehash of Jonathan Livingston Seagull into greatness.

Piscine Molitor Pi Patel does not wring my heartstrings on his spiritual quest across the vasty deep, accompanied by a tiger named Richard Parker, to a carnivorous island, thence to Mexico to answer to a pair of noxious Japanese stereotypes and, ultimately, to Canada If I were Canadian or Torontoid or whatever they call themselves , I'd be livid with fury over this crapulous insult to my homeland. But hey, I'm Texan and Murrikin, if they don't care enough to run this yahoo outta town, why should I?

The yodeling of joyous awakening that fogged this book on its debut But, in all fairness, people I love and respect lived it, so it's a mitzvah to read it, right? Public notice: My spiritual debt to the opinions of others is, with the reading of this ghastly book, herewith Paid In Full For Good. View all 43 comments.

As near as I can say, this should probably be 3. I was disappointed in this novel, but not really surprised at this. Rather I was somewhat prepared for it, because the ratings for it, specifically by my GR friends and reviewers people I follow , are all over the place.

This is the highest percent of bad ratings for a Booker award winner since among these people. And, as indicated by my own r As near as I can say, this should probably be 3.

And, as indicated by my own rating, there were things I liked about the book. But before I get into any more detail, I will warn readers that there are some mild spoiler type comments in what follows.

Most of these are general comments about the structure or message of the book. In one place where I say something very specific about the plot I have used the normal spoiler alert.

So … what I liked about the book was surprise probably most of it. I found the main storyline taking place in the boat not only an enjoyable read, but even quite believable. I would be willing if most of the novel had been published as an actual memoir by a sea disaster survivor to believe even the bit about the companion that he survived with.

I thought the explanation given of how the relation developed between Pi and his feline companion made enough sense to believe. But there were a number of things about the book that I really disliked. I always read this stuff, and I was quite confused when I read this note. Of course I assumed it was a genuine comment by Martel, but finally realized that it is itself part of the fiction. Besides being confused by this material, I was amazed that the author seemed to be claiming that the story he was about to relate would make me believe in God.

But more on that later. The way in which Pi is represented as a superior being to these buffoons was more irritating to me than humorous. But the worst part of this section is the alternate story that Pi tells the men when they express disbelief in the story he tells them of his survival. Not the one they think is more probably true, but the one they like best! And these simpletons take Pi up on his request, decide that they like his original story better no small wonder and conclude the investigation.

But again, more on this later. Now, all of a sudden, the narrative shifts abruptly, with no explanation. All of a sudden he and R. Here the nonsense really starts.

This chapter is completely unbelievable, could almost make someone think we are engaged with magical realism. Anyway, once Pi and R. One thing I can be thankful for is that, although I could have spent the time reading any number of books I would have enjoyed more, reading Life of Pi at least saved me from spending money on the movie. I have to believe that many of the things I found irritating were actually felt to be strong points by the Booker voters.

I have no problem with reading fiction about people who have different religious views than mine, and Pi certainly seems to qualify on that count. Might it not be the fact that the author is, however gently and tactfully, perhaps holding them up to ridicule?

And of course, the author of this fiction must know very well that a fiction could not possibly have that effect on a rational person. It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God.

So, is Pi revealing presumably unintentionally his real reasons for believing in God? Which is the better story, the story with the animals or the story without animals? The story with animals. The story with animals is the better story. Thank you. And so it goes with God. Thus, the story with God is the better story … we like it more … it makes us feel better … … … QED View all 35 comments.

Apr 14, J. Sutton rated it really liked it. As a sort of parable on the value of storytelling, Yann Martel's fantastical adventure, Life of Pi, is astonishing. In the most desperate of circumstances, while Pi is on his lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, imagination and storytelling are the keys to Pi's incredible story of survival. Issues about believability, what really happened on the boat, take a backseat to wonder, love, creativity and to a certain extent, madness.

The novel is heavy on spirituality, but it is compelli As a sort of parable on the value of storytelling, Yann Martel's fantastical adventure, Life of Pi, is astonishing. The novel is heavy on spirituality, but it is compelling and Pi's evolving relationship with Richard Parker keeps their days at sea interesting. View all 3 comments. Sep 27, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Oh finally I get it.

I read this a couple of years ago and it was supposed to be all about God. But no, it's not a religious allegory at all. It's about the collapse of communism. As the ocean liner of communism sinks under the weight of its own massive incompetence a good idea, but the captain was drunk and the crew were sticky-fingered rascals , you leap overboard, clamber on to the only available boat capitalism only to find that there's a giant tiger on board which will eat you unless you Oh finally I get it.

As the ocean liner of communism sinks under the weight of its own massive incompetence a good idea, but the captain was drunk and the crew were sticky-fingered rascals , you leap overboard, clamber on to the only available boat capitalism only to find that there's a giant tiger on board which will eat you unless you can keep feeding it your hapless fellow-creatures.

When I thought this novel was about God I gave it 2 stars. It didn't make sense. But now I realise - it's a perfect metaphor - three stars. View all 23 comments. Doesn't that make life a story?

The story begins before the fateful shipwreck that makes up most of the novel. Pi is a little boy who lives in India on a zoo that his father owns. Pretty much the greatest place to live as a kid is on a zoo. After watching We Bought a Zoo and reading this book I really want to live on a zoo, even though I would have a very hard time NOT petting the animals.

The talk that the father gives Pi and his brother Ravi is one I would also need cause I mean tigers are just so cute! That leads to this remarkable story of how a boy manages to survive not only a shipwreck but also being in a lifeboat with a huge Bengal Tiger and several other animals. But before that all happens I found the beginning of the book quite interesting.

While Pi is growing up he explores different forms of faith and instead of picking one decides to be Catholic, Islamic, and Hindu all at the same time. Being Catholic I found the scene of him first talking to the priest really mind opening in a way.

With all the changes occurring in India Pi and his family choose to move to Canada and take most of the animals from the zoo with them to sell to zoos mostly in America. On the way the boat sinks and Pi is left alone in a lifeboat with a tiger, hyena, zebra, and orangutan.

Yet never once did this book get boring or even repetitive. While on the boat Pi has to come to face his fate, death by water or death by tiger, and also his faith. But even when things seemed the grimmest Pi never stopped fighting for his life. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better. You really connect with Pi and hurt with him and love with him. You love the tiger that at any moment could kill Pi but I really believe what Pi says that without the tiger he would have died.

Richard Parker gave him a reason to live, without him Richard would die, and if Richard died he would forever be alone. The parting of Pi and Richard was pretty much heart wrenching even though it was probably for the best. Ultimately this book is about faith and at the end about taking a leap of faith.

After reading the whole book the last few chapters almost tore me apart. It ends with a big question mark and it is up for you to decide. I decided to take a leap of faith and believe even when it seems impossible and I think that is truly what this book is about and what you take out of it is for you yourself to decide. Will you question and leave faith behind or let it lead you when all seems to change?

I would recommend it to everyone.

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