Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Posted by Lulu on Feb 27, ’09

Category: Books
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Author: Yann Martel

Life of Pi

The Number One Bestseller

Yann Martel
Born in Spain
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2002
ISBN : 1 84195 392 X

Some reviews I took from the back cover of the book. Hover over the title

Life of Pie “Yann Martel is a vivid and entrancing story-teller” – Sunday Telegraph
“Life of Pi- is a real adventure : brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny…It’s difficult to stop reading when the pages run out.” San Francisco Chronicle
“ An impassioned defence of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure …” The New Yorker
“ Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy. “ The Times
“ A hilarious novel, full of clever tricks, amusing asides, and grand originality.” Daily Telegraph

Let the trumpets blare, let the drum rolls, Let me give a big applause for “Life of Pi”!. This is an astounding story of Piscine Molitor Patel, an Indian boy who is a sole survivor of the sinking of the Japanese ship Tsimtsum which has vanished without a trace in the Pacific ocean. His companions on the lifeboat are a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger, a hyena, a zebra, and an female orangutan. Can you imagine what kind of mayhem would happen? One puny boy surrounded by undomesticated animals? What would you be thinking and doing when you felt your imminent death was approaching ? The terror he has to face dealing with those animals is compelling .Not only does he have to face the forlorn life shared with those animals, but also he has to deal with unpredictably wild weather and others seafaring skills in the Pacific ocean. A fifteen-year-old boy who seeks for peace in the heart being alone bobbing up and down in the lifeboat on the blue Pacific ocean by combining three different religions in his prayers gives a peaceful sense in me.

Life of Pi is indeed witty- Yann Martel manages to bring some laughter and amusement in nearly every page, offer you tensions I couldn’t imagine would be so vivid that I couldn’t stop reading Pi’s life dealing with his lonely life on the lifeboat- how he befriends the weather, the surrounding and those animals, and many surprising things (you’ve got to read this yourself to find out the surprising things I mean.) In the story, we are allowed to follow his inner monologues, and his secret conversations with the nature and God.

There is a plot which I think closes the story perfectly; it is the plot where the conversations among Pi, and two Japanese men who investigate the causes of the sinking take place- very witty conversations. The conversations share you a little bit of cultural things of how Japanese act or behave in certain situations (which are nearly  the same as how Indonesians behave in particular situations.)

Having read this book, I feel like re-read it. This is definitely a book I should have the copy someday ( I borrowed it from IALF library.) As always, please meet the three adjectives describe “Life of Pi”
Compelling, hilarious, and awe-inspiring
I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks pleasure in reading.

Lu2Ar

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8 responses to “Life of Pi – Yann Martel

  1. This sounds like a very entertaining and interesting book. I haven’t heard about it before but will search for it here in the bookshop. Thanks for the suggestion! Have a great weekend dear Lulu!

  2. It is one of the best books I have ever read! you should read it, and of course let me know what you think!
    I had a nice weekend!
    Have a good day there- stay warm in such a cold winter there, Juergen!

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