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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Yann Martel

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Title:Life of Pi
Authors:Yann Martel
Info:Mariner Books (2003), Paperback, 326 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:tiger, castaway, zoo, religion

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)

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This is one of the most amazing books I've read so far. The ending stunned me. I found no words to describe it. Life of Pi has some magic in it, yet harsh and gory at the same time. Yann Martel did a great job. ( )
  yamayukkikun | Apr 16, 2015 |
The whole story made no sense to me and was very confusing. Bizarre. ( )
  KamGeb | Apr 4, 2015 |
if you have never read or thought about religion or philosophy then this could be a profound book. Martel seamlessly weaves anecdotes from Life with religious realizations but strikes a flat chord with the prose and plot. this book is for those who love to read but have never really contemplated their own beliefs.

i did not finish this book. it simply did not hold me. so, take this review as a partial one, a quasi-review based on the first quarter of the book i read. it was an easy read but i felt like an adult watching a children's show: you now know what's in the cookie jar from your childhood and find it unsatisfying; now, you want baked brie, pears, and a glass of moscato. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
I tried to like this book. A story of a boy and a tiger trapped together in the ocean on a lifeboat. Sign me up! I think part of the problem, for me, was the amount of scenes where nothing of importance happened. Like the scene talking about eating the tiger's feces. There might have been buckets full of symbolism in that, but I didn't find it interesting or insightful. The other problem was that I found a large amount of the symbolism clunky, like the two Mr. Kumars. Science vs faith didn't work for me there. It was just too obvious.

There were scenes that I did like, the scene where Pi was calling to Richard Parker to swim to the boat after the cargo ship sank. After finishing the story that scene worked beautifully for me. I also enjoyed the algae island scenes, especially the interactions between Richard Parker and Pi. The symbolism of that, on that island, would be something I would like to delve deeper into.

In the end there was a bit too much hit or miss for me to really enjoy this book. ( )
  wincrow | Mar 9, 2015 |
Ik las dit boek al onmiddellijk na zijn eerste publicatie zo'n kleine tien jaar geleden. Nu de film in alle zalen loopt wilde ik het boek herlezen. Ik blijf het een boeiende en bizarre roman vinden. Net als de eerste keer boeiden de hoofdstukken over de overlevingstocht van de Indische jongen in het vreemde gezelschap van een Bengaalse tijger me meer dan de aanloop met nogal wat religieus-filosofische bespiegelingen. Een buitenbeentje. ( )
  chrisgalle | Mar 5, 2015 |
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The story is engaging and the characters attractively zany. Piscine Molitor Patel (named after a family friend's favourite French swimming pool) grows up in Pondicherry, a French-speaking part of India, where his father runs the local zoo. Pi, Hindu-born, has a talent for faith and sees nothing wrong with being converted both to Islam and to Christianity. Pi and his brother understand animals intimately, but their father impresses on them the dangers of anthropomorphism: invade an animal's territory, and you will quickly find that nearly every creature is dangerous
added by dovydas | editThe Guardian, Aida Edemariam (Oct 23, 2002)
Granted, it may not qualify as ''a story that will make you believe in God,'' as one character describes it. But it could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life -- although sticklers for literal realism, poor souls, will find much to carp at.

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Allié, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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à mes parents et à mon frère
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My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity — it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.
Evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.
I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality.
Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food is low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured.
If you take two steps toward God, God runs toward you
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After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in the Pacific, one solitary lifeboat remains, carrying a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan, a Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old Indian boy named Pi. His story is a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound listeners in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will as one character puts it, make you believe in God. (from PPL catalog record)
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Boat on the ocean
Was there really a tiger?
We will never know.

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Life of Pi is the adult book selection for 2004. Life of Pi is a daring, redemptive tale of adventure and survival where the most unusual Pi manages to survive on a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker.

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