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Life of Pi (original 2001; edition 2012)

by Yann Martel

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Member:Meneersam
Title:Life of Pi
Authors:Yann Martel
Info:Mariner Books (2012), Editie: Mti Rep, Paperback, 336 pagina's
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Rating:*****
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)

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I think this is one of those books I will like more and more after the fact. Even now, four days after reading it, I am still mulling over the thing. ( )
  laurustina | Jan 14, 2015 |
Marvelous adventure story on a par with Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" or Kipling's "Kim"... ( )
  junebedell | Jan 2, 2015 |
I enjoyed the first half much more than the 2nd half of this book.

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  lincolnpan | Dec 31, 2014 |
I think i'm in the minority here, but Life of Pi was just.. meh. I didn't hate it but it certainly didn't live up to the hype. ( )
  reigningstars | Dec 4, 2014 |
At the beginning of this book, I found it really hard to get into it. The story was very slow and boring and I came extremely close to putting it down and never picking it up again. However, I continued to read the book and found it to be extremely heart wrenching and suspenseful. I do feel the emotions of suspense much deeper than many other emotions because I get anxious and need to know what is going to happen. When I finally got into the story, I would describe it as surprising and fun! There is no way that I would ever be able to survive living with animals on a lifeboat. I would love to read the book again and actually get into it more since it was surprisingly good at the end.
  lfasce1 | Dec 1, 2014 |
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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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Martel, Yannprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allié, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baardman, GerdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bridge, AndyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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à mes parents et à mon frère
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My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
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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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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 names 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.… (more)

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