- By Yann Martel

Life of Pi

  • Title: Life of Pi
  • Author: Yann Martel
  • ISBN: 9781847676016
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life of Pi After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year old boy named Pi a hyena a zebra with a b

    After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg , a female orangutan and a 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best loved works of fiction in recent years.

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    1. It is not so much that The Life of Pi, is particularly moving (although it is). It isn’t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once (which it is, as well). And it’s certainly not that Yann Martel’s vision filled passages are so precise that you begin to feel the salt water on your skin (even though they are). It is that, like Bohjalian and Byatt and all of the great Houdini’s of the literary world, in the last few moments of your journey [...]

    2. I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious. I tend to avoid the winners of the Man / Booker – they make me a little depressed. The only Carey I haven’t liked won the Booker (Oscar and Lucinda), I really didn’t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never finished The Sea despite really liking Banville’s writing. So, being told a book is a winner of the Booker tends to be a mark against it from the start, unfortunately.I’m going to have to assume you have read this boo [...]

    3. It's not that it was bad, it's just that I wish the tiger had eaten him so the story wouldn't exist.I read half of it, and felt really impatient the whole time, skipping whole pages, and then I realized that I didn't have to keep going, which is as spiritual a moment as I could hope to get from this book.

    4. I was extremely surprised by this book. Let me tell you why (it's a funny story): On the Danish cover it says "Pi's Liv" (Pi's Life), but I hadn't noticed the apostrophe, so I thought it said "Pis Liv" (Piss Life) and I thought that was an interesting title at least, so perhaps I should give it a go. So I did. And what I read was not at all what I had expected (I thought it was a book about a boy in the Indian slums or something). It actually wasn't until I looked up the book in English I realiz [...]

    5. Sift a pinch of psychology with a scant tablespoon of theology, add one partIsland of the Blue Dolphinwith two parts philosophy, mix with a pastry blender or the back of a fork until crumbly but not dry and there you have Pi and his lame-o, cheesed out, boat ride to enlightenment.Actually I liked the beginning of this book- loved Pi's decleration and re-naming of himself, his adding religions like daisy's to a chain, and was really diggin on the family as a whole and thenen, then, then the tarpa [...]

    6. Life of Pi was a fairly engaging story in terms of plot and character, but what made it such a memorable book, for me at least, was its thematic concerns. Is it a "story that will make you believe in God," as Pi claims? I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I would recommend it to people who enjoy thinking about the nature of reality and the role of faith in our lives. To me, the entire thrust of the book is the idea that reality is a story, and therefore we can choose our own story (as the author h [...]

    7. I read this book two years ago, but when we discussed it this month for book club, I remembered how much I liked it. A good discussion always ups my appreciation of a novel as does an ending that makes me requestion my givens in the story. I find myself reading contradictory interpretations and agreeing with both sides. That's the beauty of symbolism: as long as you back up your cause, it's plausible.Initially it took me several weeks to get into the book. The beginning reads more like a textboo [...]

    8. No need to reinvent the wheel. Here's my review:It doesn't matter whether what you tell people is truth or fiction, because there's no such thing as truth, no real difference between fantasy and reality, so you might as well go with the more interesting story. That's "Life of Pi" in a nutshell. Sorry to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. Remember that season of the TV series "Dallas" that turned out to be just a dream? That's kind of how you feel after you've invested hours of your tim [...]

    9. كي أكون صريحةالرواية جيدة ولكنها تحمل قدرا لا يُستهان به من الزيفهل كانت الرواية على مستوى فكرتها؟هل استطاعت نقل العذوبة الكونية والتناغم الطبيعيوهل أوفت وعدها بكونها سطور تجعلك تؤمن بالله؟تعال لنعرف سوياًفي البداية يبدو الكاتب متكلفا قليلا بحيلة هزيلة سبقه إليها البعض ف [...]

    10. ليست رواية قدر ماهي رحلة روحيةرحلة البحث عن الذاتو اللهوالفيلم المقتبس عنها ليس مجرد مؤثرات وتمثيلبل لوحة فنية قدمت جزء من روحانية الرواية بشكل فني بديعلذا لا تكتفي بواحدة وتترك الأخريIt's One big journey into the Pacific Ocean.Just you ,an Indian small boy and a royal Bengal Tiger.But before you're thrown to that small life boat into the wide [...]

    11. 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.

    12. ’ Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness.’We have all heard the phrase ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ While this is a good life lesson, especially when taken as a metaphor that extends beyond books and into people, places, foods, etc sometimes the cover of a novel is very telling of what lies within. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve. A quick glance at the cover shows the overzealous stamp of ‘Winner of the Man Booker Prize’, [...]

    13. 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. 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 [...]

    14. 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 450-lb Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker."Don't let the Rudyard Kipling-ness of the plot fool you! 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 [...]

    15. 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. 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?" I can say with conviction I prefer the story without the animals--the stupid, boring, symbolic animals.

    16. I love the film to this and I’m really hoping I like the book too! This is the second book in my 2018 reading challenge, comprised mainly of books that I have had sat on my shelf for years that I really need to read! Plus it’s also a man booker prize winner, which is another list of books I’m slowing working my way through. You know how it is, so many books not enough time.Anyway- review to come- hopefully a positive one.

    17. The beginning is rough.It's all like - Why do we keep going on and on about religion? Where's the boat? Where's the tiger? Stop and enjoy the roses.The book will get to the tiger part when it wants to. Young Pi ( Piscine "Pi" Patel ) spends the first part of the book joining the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. It's not a matter of he can't choose a religion - it's that he is able simultaneously believe in all of them. The philosophical musings and religious prose provide an extremely interes [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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. nature. 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 [...]

    20. 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?" And I'm always happy to stop and engage in conversation about what I'm reading, and I share a few thoughts about it. "Yeah, it's not bad. Pretty good so far.""Really enjoying it! Better than I expected!""Oh man, it's alright I guess. Kinda slow."I like to keep my comments pretty general in nature. Also, that never actually happens to me. [...]

    21. UPDATE: Some will see this as good newsere is a movie based on this piffling 21st-century Kahlil Gibran ripoff, directed by Ang Lee, coming outailer here. As one can readily see, no smarm or treacle has been spared.The whole world has a copy of this book, including mebut not for long. Over 10,000 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 t [...]

    22. As near as I can say, this should probably be 3.141592654 stars.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. While over half of these ratings are good (4s and 5s), fully 28% are bad (1s and 2s). This is the highest percent of bad ratings for a Booker award winner since 2000 among these people.And, as indicated by my own r [...]

    23. “The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?Doesn't that make life a story?”Life is a story and the story of Pi Patel is one of the most extraordinary stories that I have read in awhile. 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 [...]

    24. من أفضل الروايات التي قرأتها في حياتي صراع مع التاريخ صراع مع النفس صراع مع الطبيعةصراع مع العقل وفي كل صراع يتغلب الإنسان على صعوبات الحياة. اعتبر نهايتها عبقرية، خصوصا عندما يقص عليهم الفتى خبر ما حدث له من غرائب فلم يصدقونه، فيكذب ويقص عليهم قصة عادية فيصدقونها. إنها رواي [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. Here’s another book I read, but never reviewed. I’m going to give you a glimpse into my “creative process,” if you will, when it comes to reviewing. First, I have to limber up . . . Then I rack my brain for inspiration . . . always making sure it’s super highbrow and spectacularly literary. In this case? This is a book about a boy . . . who survives a shipwreck only to find himself adrift on a life raft with an orangutan . . . a hyena . . . and a tiger . . . .Yep, that’s about as goo [...]

    27. A man very much aware of the literary elements (obviously an avid reader and serious lit student), Yann Martel proves that a classic can certainly be construed. First off, start with a ridiculous scenario &, doing the reverse of what the Bengal tiger does in the lifeboat, fill it up with meat. He layers the inspirational tale beautifully, & it really helps that the writer's note at the beginning takes you straight to the main source. He knows tons about storytelling. This could have been [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. A friend in Canada sent a hardback version of this book to me in 2001. I started reading it, after about 25 pages, I skipped ahead a few pages, a chapter, a bit here and there then put it down. I thought it was going to move slowly and seemeda little too heavy post 9/11. In fall of 2003 I was leaving for a long trip through Mexico when I decided to pick up a few books to take with me. I saw the paperback and felt like the book was familiar and bought it and a couple others. I started to read thi [...]

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