Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Released October 2012 (Reissue)

Yann Martel
Mariner Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Life of Pi is reissued just in time for the movie release. This story shares the tale of Pi Patel, short for Pisces, a zoo keeper's son. Pi's raised in India, but his father decides to move the family to Canada. When the freighter they're on sinks, Pi finds himself stranded in the ocean on a lifeboat that also carries a orangutan, hyena, zebra, and tiger named Richard Parker. What follows is Pi's account of their journey through shark-infested waters that spans almost a year. 

I admit, I struggled, really struggled with the beginning of Life of Pi. The build up to the shipwreck took too long given the philosophical feel to this novel. I don't do philosophical well I'm afraid, and that's not the authors fault. Once the actual story took place, I was hooked. I loved seeing what happened next. Now that I'm done the book, I can't wait to see the movie, though I admit I have reservations because every preview I've seen just shows Richard Parker. I've seen nothing of the rest of the animals.

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  1. I choose a rating of four stars as it was a very interesting read but a little elementary. I guess I am getting little prejudice on this regard, wishing for a more challenging narrative. Still, I very glad to have read this tale and recommend it to anyone who wants a good story with many twists and turns.


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