I'm happy to have a special guest reviewer join me here on the blog today! Please welcome my son, Dev! He has just recently read Life of Pi for his senior high school English class. As part of their reading experience, the class has been assigned to do a project of some sort relating to the book. I suggested the idea of posting a review here on the blog. With some reluctance he has agreed. We would love to hear your comments and he's also agreed to answer and respond to them, so please... help us with this assignment and let's get a discussion going!
Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Genre: Award winning literary fiction
The Life Of Pi is a novel about a religious young boy named Piscine Patel who grows up living in a zoo in India. Because of people making fun of his name, Piscine shortens his name to Pi. Due to political issues rising in India, Pi’s dad decides to move to Canada and sell all of their animals. They load their ship, The Tsimtsum, with all their animals and set off across the Atlantic. For some unknown reason the ship sinks, and Pi is left stranded in a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra and an adult Bengal tiger.
At the end of the book is when I started getting genuinely interested in the story. When Pi tells the alternate story to the Japanese interviewers, it completely changed what the book was about. It started me thinking about how the two stories can be looked at as the same and how that can be applied to almost any other story or situation. I find this interesting because it shows how the truth does not always look the same.
Bottom Line: I liked the moral of the story, not necessarily how he presented it.
I can’t say I enjoyed it – although I did respect the writing and felt it was one of those novels which should be read and digested, and then read again. From Caribousmom
Yann Martel mixes realism and magic to just the right degree, allowing his readers to suspend their disbelief to the degree that everything that happens seems possible. From Book Chase
Yann Martel’s talented use of the English language brings the reader directly into the story with words which awaken all of the senses. From The Literate Mother
The ending didn't do anything to redeem the book in my sight – I thought it was just okay. From Books and Movies
I had no idea going into this book that it would fill my mind with so many deep thoughts and questions. From Books: A True Story
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?