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#bookreview: Life of Pi by Yann Martel


One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .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 orang-utan – 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.


This book is one of those novels where I feel that I would need to read it a few times over to get everything from it. I feel as though there are so many different elements to the story that by just reading it once, even though I loved it, I do not feel I have explored it fully.

The parts of the book where we left the main story to explore the boy’s religious background was, even though interesting, a little overdone in my opinion and sometimes drew me out of the story a little. I think these elements are important, but at times they were a little too drawn out to keep the momentum going. This is predominantly at the beginning of the book and because of this scene setting and background exploration, the book doesn’t really gain it’s legs until about a third of the way through. But when it does – it is simply amazing.
I love the way I constantly found myself reevaluating what was going on and how bizarre it all seemed. The way the author writes is beautiful and explores the many ways you can use words to evoke emotions. The quotes scattered throughout are wonderful and really make you think about life. It is uplifting and creates a tremendous wondering about what we are here to do and how we are doing it.

There were times in the book where I felt things were too strange and I did not understand what was happening or why the author had written it in that way, but as the book progresses, it answers these questions and you come to realise that actually, the author is being very clever with how he portrays this journey.

The description around setting and emotion is brilliant and I was able to picture the vibrant scenes and events with clarity and wonder. The pace is a little slow at times, but I felt I was carried through those moments because I was invested in the story.

Well written, uplifting and unique – a definite recommendation.

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