This book caught my attention when it won an Oscar. I did my research and found out that it was also a Man Booker Prize winner. This put me off a little bit. All man booker prize winning books are, in my opinion tales of immense sadness and pain and depressing overall. Rarely do they have happy endings. Still I decided to read this book and I’m glad I did.
STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
PLOT IN SHORT
Pi Patel, a son of a zookeeper, has an immense knowledge of animal behavior. When he is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. How Pi survives this ordeal while maintaining his sanity forms the premise of this story.
- Beautiful storytelling
- Well developed characters
- Engaging plot line
- The excessive religious and philosophical stuff may turn some readers off
A lot of readers found the first part of the book to be a drag. I however enjoyed that part as I could relate to it. I have lived right next to a zoo for the better part of my life and some of my best childhood memories have been about that place. I grew up loving the animals just like Pi. The second part of the book however is the best part of the book where the actual story takes place.The third part is my least favorite part of the book. Overall a great story of courage and patients. Give this one a try, like most Booker prize winners it won’t leave you feeling sad or depressed.