Title - Life of Pi
Author - Yann Martel
Pages - 356
Published - August 29th 2006’
Spoilers? - Yes
My rating - 4.5 / 5
Piscine Molitor Patel (known as Pi) lives in Pondicherry, India. His family owns a Zoo, and Pi lives a good life, practicing a whole of 3 religions. His family decides to move to Canada when Pi is 16, but the trip doesn’t go as planned though, as ship sinks in the middle of the ocean.
Pi seems to be the only survivor, and now starts a journey across the water to survive various struggles. Cause along with Pi on his little boat is a tiger, a zebra, an orangutan and a hyena.
First time I heard of this book I though it sounded absolutely crazy. But then I thought, wizards on a wizard-school sounds pretty crazy too, so I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did, (thank you past me!)
This book had me captivated from beginning to end.
Pi is an interesting character to read, because his mind works on a high level, constantly thinking and considering. In some books those minds work, and Pi is definitely one of them.
The idea of Pi having three religions, (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) is a fun idea, and a part of me is surprised it doesn’t happen more often in real life, because it made sense to me in the book.
One thing I was worried about was the length of the book, 356 pages on a boat? but it didn’t feel like it was dragging, it felt easy, and the ‘action’ was there all the way through.
The ending was kind of blurry for me, because I wasn’t sure how much of his journey Pi had made up, an what had actually happened. but maybe that was the idea of it all, if it was, then it’s genius. If it wasn’t I feel like it needs a bit more explaining for me to understand.
This book is very plot-driven because there is so few characters (though the Tiger seems to get one too.) but in this case the plot is so unique that it seems to carry itself through the whole story.
I recommend this book to everyone over the age of twelve, mainly because there are animals eating other animals, but everyone else, go buy or borrow this book!