ages: 15 and up
grades: 9 and up
on sale: now
copy from: library
title: Life of Pi
author: Yann Martel
But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen, his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest oftravelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
This is yet another summer reading books I had to read. I knew it was pretty popular, having seen others with the copy, so I wasn't to disappointed on reading it. See, I have a good feeling on books I want to read and want I don't want to read, and even when I had first heard of it, I didn't want to read it.
You can probably tell by my tone of that first paragraph how this review is going to play out. The first pages was Mr Martel's background on this story, and then the pages afterwards was a boring, with a report on sloths. The rest of the story maintained this boringness continuously. The only time I was ever interested was reading about Pi and Richard Parker on that boat together, and even it wasn't well done. The last few pages were difficult to understand.
I think I'm not thinking deeply enough, or just not seeing what I'm supposed to be seeing. Mr Martel said in one interview, "The theme of this novel can be summarised in three lines. Life is a story. You can choose your story. And a story with an imaginative overlay is the better story" This latter was what I knew is present, but what I thought was not effectively, or rather clearly, shown in the story. He mentions that the best overlay is religion. The story started off with this, and I thought that I'd love to read more on his religious journey through the world. But it abruptly changes with ending up on a boat with a tiger. I fail to see the connection between these two significant aspects of the book.
With respect to the author and lovers of of this novel, I won't continue pointing out particular flaws, and will end with...if it sounds interesting, then read it. But I wouldn't recommend this. So it gets one and half trees. To be honest, it's one of the lowest ratings I've given so far. I think I remember my vow to not review a book if I didn't like it, but this is a summer reading book, and I hope to catalogue these thoughts for later use. So sorry!