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Even though the Life of Pi is a fiction, somewhere in the first quarter of the book, Yann Martel makes you believe that it is a biography of someone (Pi) who was born in Pondicherry, India, grew up till his teens, with a zoo in his backyard, and with the political scene in India becoming unstable (1977), the family along with a few animals that remained behind, after selling off most of the zoo inhabitants, boards a Japanese cargo ship to Canada. And after this act of making you believe, all the action takes place in the 227 days that runs between the days Pi gets into the sea as a castaway in a 27-feet lifeboat with a 450 pound Bengal Tiger and till the day he lands in Mexico. It is this belief that makes you cling to the novel and move forward catching hold of the link one after another, but at a slow pace, and when there are times just when you think the links are falling apart (losing interest), belief bonds you together with the story. But at certain places, you get the idea that a few facts about the South-Indian culture are a bit incoherent (just 2% of the entire story telling). Altogether, a great read, no doubt about it!!
Truly worth Man Booker prize...
What a story.. I cant think anyone could write so many chapter about life on a lifeboat..
It has a perfect blend of a book, at least for me. It has story, it has its spiritual content, it has the interesting aspect about it, and it has - a very impressive part - of facts and knowledge... At the moment, I think I can tame a tiger, if I am stranded with it on a lifeboat surrounded by ocean... If not tame a tiger, I am pretty sure I can live off land, on the water, in a lifeboat!!
And I also think, no person, after reading this book, will ever give up his will to live, what may be the situation...
Goes to my favorite books shlef..
It is indeed a story that will make you believe in God (you will understand, if you've read the author's note of the book)...
I had bought ???Life Of Pi??? way back in 2010 seeing that it has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize but the other books in my stock kept me busy. One day when I visited a mall, I saw movie posters of the same book which said, ???One Boy, One Boat, One Tiger?????? and it was that line and hype that compelled me give this book a priority.
???Life Of Pi??? is a fable of a Tamil boy named ???Pi???. His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry (India) but due to some happenstance their family decides to migrate to Canada. Many birds and animals of their zoo also travel with them on the same ship. During the voyage, a nocturnal hurricane gain supremacy over the ship and leave Pi as the only human survivor. He finds himself on a life boat with a hyena, a zebra (with one leg broken), a female Orang-utan and 450 Pound Bengal tiger named, Richard Parker. The rest of the pages of the book tells about the struggle and adventure, hunger and hope, loneliness and belief & defeat and determination. Pi, who explores the deep affairs of sprituality in his early age helps him in his exertion and endeavor.
I really loved the book as the book circumnavigates around elements like desire, belief, motivation, hope, expectation, determination, God, nature, invisible forces etc. Some people say that the the ending was not good but according to me, it was fine. I completed the book in 3 days. I rate it 4/5.
After i get to know about the movie which is being made by Ang Lee i couldn't resist myself form buying this novel.
If you love to read something new with adventure, twists and turns , hope ....then this is the novel for you.
Go and grab it and fall into a dreamland.
Its one of the best novels i have read till date.
This is a story of a castaway adrift in the Pacific Ocean, in the company of a tiger. Plot wise, it doesn???t seem to offer much in terms of the potential for a gripping narrative. But a gripping narrative it indeed is. The castaway???s survival strategies and his resourcefulness make for absorbing reading. But it is much more than that. Through the eyes of the castaway, the book looks at the universal themes of despair, hope, belief, courage, a sense of purpose, the will to survive. It is about all this as much as about survival itself. The narrative may strike some readers also as an allegory for life???s journey, and the challenges, adventures and joys along the way. At another level, it can be interpreted in psychological terms. Then it can be seen as a way of dealing with loneliness, of invoking childhood and re-living family ties..
I began my reading habits with books like Alchemist & Monk who sold his Ferrari. I wanted to continue a good read, so after reading many reviews and for the fact that writer is winner of acclaimed Booker prize, i bought this book. I finished it yesterday and here is what i can say about this book.
Book starts well with mix of mystery and flow. One can easily connect with the book, the begains the life of Pi. Though I was able to connect to the book due to simple language and descriptive narration by the writer, but at times apparently writer over did it and I had to chew many paragraphs. Middle part of the book was slow and kind of narration of different shades of nature, human & animal psyche. Last part of the book was interesting and pushes to complete it. Sadly, I found last few chapters confusing and again writer over did in explaining human psyche and expressed it loudly.
End in end, i found it interesting to read but as not good as i expected it to be.
Like many before, I read "Life of Pi" to know how the hell does a boy in the Pacific survive with a Tiger on board, and I am glad I read it.
Yann Martel has a weird way of putting things in place and in this Book he explained so many equations of Life that I wonder how I didn't see it that way before...
Quotes as such as this
"Love is hard to believe ask any lover,
Life is hard to believe ask any scientist,
God is hard to believe ask any believer" are some of the few ways he delves...
It is a fiction that sounds more real than many other truth filled stories out there...
Read it for something Good to touch your Heart!!!
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Life of pi should be listed in the category of spiritual and not fiction because it is all about keeping the human spirit alive which is always adventurous in the contemporary world.Lets wait and see whether Ang Lee will surmount the task of visually narrating the story.Pi always pins his hopes to the horizon beyond which a life in the form of ship awaits him.In that way this book might remind you how superficial are our whining about not leading a content life. The Bengal tiger Richard Parker could have been a valid reason for pi to give up and perish in the sea.But he chose the co-existence which points to the overlooked harmony and order in the universe and the incomprehensible fountainhead of creation..GOD
Yann Martel is a master list maker. Throughout the book you find him listing various unrelated things and themes whether you are interested to read them or not, because he had painstakingly collected those information and had to include them in his book to increase its girth; the story had hardly enough substance to make for a decent volume.Its a fantasy story no doubt but you need even more mastery on writing to make a fantasy interesting to adult readers, which Mr Martel sadly lacks. Its an impossible rambling story without any rhyme or reason and you need the grim determination of Pi Patel for survival, to read the whole book.
Average book, but the worst Booker winning book I have read.
Life of Pi is an very well-written book about the grit and determination of a survivor, Pi. The language is simple, flowing and easy to assimilate even as you are grossed in its contents. It portrays the courage of a 16 year old boy in the face of terrible calamity. The story feels so real as if you will feel it is a true story.I rate this book right up there in my list for its simple narration and innocent characterizations.
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