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The Life of Pi - A Great Read
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Member Name: jenki2
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Advantages: captivating, easy to read
Life of Pi - yann Martel - Purchased October 08 - Waterstones £7.99
This book was the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize and I can totally understand why. It is without a doubt one of the most amazing pieces of fiction I have ever had the pleasure of reading. After reading the blurb on the back of the book I was expecting a humorous book, It couldn't have been further from it, I had to stop myself weeping a few times.
The book is split into 3 sections. The style from the offset is a journalistic style and you imagine you are reading this straight from Pi Patel's diary. We begin section 1 with a background of Piscine "Pi" Patel, we learn of his upbringing in India his interest in both Religion (he follows 3 religions) and Zoology (his father owns a Zoo). After reading this book and doing some research it is claimed that this book will make you believe in God, I wouldn't go so far as to say that but it does lead you to admire a person's strength and belief in a higher faith. I wasn't put off by the religious aspects of this book it felt neither imposing or over the top as some other reviewers have posted.
Section 2, the main bulk of the book Is Pi's story of his survival on the lifeboat. I can only sit in awe of Yann Martel's creative brain. How anyone can create a book so utterly believable even though it is so incredibly unrealistic is amazing. I was totally lost in the book I was there with Pi on the raft I could see what he saw, felt what he felt and had genuine compassion for his character. There is some gore early on in section 2 which made me feel queasy and sad at the same time, this hit me by surprise, again because I was expecting a laugh out loud book! That's not to say it isn't without its dose of humour, even in the most desperate situation there are still humorous moments throughout it.
Section 3 is very short but packs a heavy punch. At the end of the story Martel throws what seems to be a twist into the story. But as another reviewer has stated you don't know if it really is a twist, you sit and think and then think some more, it is incredibly clever work by the author.
You can gather from my glowing review that I thoroughly recommend this book I even found myself getting agitated by some negative reviews but you always have to remember that books are such a personal thing to people and they can never be liked by everyone. I do have one fault with this book, I know, you didn't see that coming did you. Early on in section 1 Pi's story is intertwined with another mysterious characters which leaves you thinking "hmm what's this about then" and the annoying thing is you never find out, its almost as if Martel forgot about it!
Overall this is an incredibly moving and realistic tale of a young teenager surviving the most desperate situation. His faith, optimism and intelligence keep him alive and his story inspires hope and faith in me and many other readers. I would recommend reading this book above anything else; it is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Summary: Heart Warming, Tear Jerking Book about a lost boy and a tiger... or is it?