Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Published by Canongate Books
Published 9 May 2002
Digital library book
I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is ‘a story within a story’.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan — and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I loved the movie so I knew what to expect reading this but I enjoyed the book a little more. This is an extraordinary book, funny sad, dramatic and quite ridiculous all at the same time. It took a while to get into. I wasn’t enjoying it until the ship actually sinks around chapter 18 and things really take off. Until this point I was getting frustrated waiting for something to happen. Then the boat sinks and magic happens. I read the remaining 80+ chapters in a couple of hours, dazzled, bewildered and madly in love. Life of Pi is hugely enjoyable, the kind of book you can get lost in and feel cheated when you reach the end. I didn’t want Pi to be rescued. I could read this great book a thousand times without growing tired or the characters or the story. I really enjoyed reading about Pi’s life on the life-boat. This part of the book was quite gruesome at times and becomes to get more and more ridiculous and surreal. Unmissable.