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I have been told this is a book you either love or hate. I love it because it tackles themes of faith, love and mortality through the unlikely relationship between a young man and a wild tiger.
I found that watching the movie before reading the book actually helped visualize some of the imagery. Pi's view on life and religion is inspiring. Excellent plot and difficult to put down.
"This book will make you believe in God."
This book made me feel that whoever wrote the line above didn't have a clue about what might make anyone believe in god...or anything about islands or meerkats, either. This book seemed to be a metaphor for a lot of things, but I couldn't care enough about it to waste my time trying to guess what it might be. It was interesting enough to read...and silly enough to make me hoot when the absurdities cropped up. It assumes readers are either a lot smarter or a lot stupider than they probably are; I felt "used" after reading this book. But I was able to finish it and I can't say that for every book out there.
Life of Pi By Yann Martel is not one of my favourite novels. I first decided to start reading Life of Pi because I was bored, but I honestly found the book pretty slow. I honestly thought the novel was going to be better than it was because it was hyped up in the media (especially because of the newest movie release). For example, I actually really enjoyed the beginning of the book, it was pretty interesting to understand people’s perspectives on zoo animals, and how they actually live a good life. However, once the actual story started and Pi was left with the tiger, the story became way less interesting. In my opinion, I think a person would either love Life of Pi or hate it, because sometimes the story is hard to follow and seems unrealistic. Overall, the book was alright, and I would rate it a 2.5/5. @Montgomery of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
What I have enjoyed mostly about the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel was the creative story line. It was interesting how the author included the concept of religion with the life of a young castaway boy (living on a rescue boat with a tiger). There wasn't anything I had disliked about the book, as the author had done a splendid job with the plot. I felt that this book was like one of those survival genre-based books. If you are interested in these types of books and are interested in learning about some religions this book is for you. When you read this book, you will feel as if you are in his situations. I rate it a solid 5. @SirAbstractCanvas of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, is a fiction, adventure novel about a young Indian boy and his journey with religion and spiritualism. Written with many different changing perspectives throughout the novel, the majority of the book is told by the protagonist, Pi, himself. I feel as though this novel conveys its themes and messages very clearly through the use of literary devices. Although I read this novel for a class assignment, I feel as though this book has helped open a new perspective for me. The message about religion and faith is very original, and something that has changed my view on this topic. I recommend this novel to anyone with an open mind and heart, looking to be enlightened. I give this novel 3.5/5.
@TheCuriousBookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
An inspiring fantasy novel that focuses on faith, the human mind and spirit. This book is about a young boy named Pi Patel who is the son of an Indian zookeeper that is planning on moving to Canada. But the ship that they are on sinks and Pi’s entire family dies. Now the sole survivor and on a lifeboat, Pi is met with a tiger, hyena, zebra, and orangutan. Pi -- an Indian vegetarian that has never been on a ship before -- has to survive in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat full of animals. A story about determination, courage, and heartache which will fascinate, excite, and sometimes bore you. Rating 5/5
- @Henny_Lee of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Beautiful book! I could not put it down. It gave meaning in the writing and had you reflecting each climax.
I quite enjoyed this book. Having jst finished it I am not sure if I would read it again, thus I would actually give this book a rating of 4.5. I had attempted to read it about 4 years ago and it fell to the wayside after the book was stolen from me and I didn't feel compelled to pick it up again. I had watched the movie but I didn't find it memorable as when I read the book I didn't remember much about the film other than the scene with the flying fish because it was visually striking. I found it easy to read and manageable with the short chapters (seriously, one of my favourite things about books). I particularly liked the bit at the end with the Japanese translation. I didn't find that at any point the book was dragging or I was skimming bits. Quite a solid read.
I read this book once a few years ago, and I never really appreciated it for what it was. Reading it again, I really found that this book contains more then meets the eye. The ending changed my whole view of the book, and I'm glad I re-read this again.
It must be said again, this is an extraordinary novel. Yann Martel has crafted a true masterpiece, a once-in-a-lifetime book that will stand the test of time and live up to anyone's expectations. 'Pi' Patel, named after a swimming pool (!) begins life in India and works as a zookeeper's assistant for his father in the family zoo until the day his dad takes the family and some of the animals to America in an unsafe cargo boat. This novel describes what happens during that ill-fated crossing. It is a complex read. The events themselves are simple: the quotidian survival tasks he must perform to exist at all, let alone with Richard Parker on the ready are juxtaposed with his innermost thoughts on God, religion - indeed, all religions, in fact just about everything and anything you can think about on a long ocean voyage all by yourself! The movie was surprisingly good but cannot compare to the shades of complexity that lie within this amazing novel.
Highly recommend to anyone who likes to think.
So much philosophy and need for survival. My heart tugged at this one.
This was a great read! Fascinating observations about the relationship between man and animal and theology.
Life of Pi has its low moments in equal measure to its high moments. But the high moments are so great that one must forgive the sections that were a bit difficult to get through.
Oakville Public Library's online book club, Oakville Reads, is discussing Life of Pi in March 2016. Please join us!
An extraordinarily excellent book that gives inspiration and courage to readers after reading.
This book was generally pleasing and enjoyable. I personally thought that at some parts there was too much description and some paragraphs were too heavily laid with descriptive words. If you are not into religion, I wouldn't recommend this book, but I find that many will enjoy it's fresh sense of humour.
A wonderful book and commentary on the life of a man surviving on a raft with a tiger. Or is it? Imaginative and strange and wonderful and made into a movie as well.
This is a truly great book, my 4th time reading it, totally recomend it for ages 11 and up.
if you aren't into religious books, please don't read.
As they flee India for a new life in Canada, the ship carrying Pi Patel, his family and their zoo animals mysteriously sinks and Pi is forced to confront his fate while sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. What ensues is a fantastical tale made real by Martel’s brilliant characters. Like the lifeboat scenes that dazzle the imagination, the story of Pi’s childhood and flashes of his future are absolutely brilliant.
I loved this book through and through. The beginning was a bit slow (in my opinion) but I understand that Yann Martel had to the point across that "Pi" found his ways through many Gods from three different religions and finding equality within all religions. This is what set the book up. The rest of the book (part 2)was fantastic and talked a lot about him keeping his sanity and finding hope through God, the light in his patch (277 day patch) of darkness.
I rate it a solid 4 but nothing more. The book had a good plot and story but it was just too long. I can't remember how long it took me to read but lets say I read it in a week, I spent 5 days on the first half and 2 on the second half. You could easily skip the ENTIRE beginning of the book and still understand what was going on. I feel like he should have made the religion and backstory a quarter of the book in stead of half. In the movie they make the beginning quick and to the point, we learned what his interests were, how he grew up and other characters. the movie was on point in this aspect along with the great special affects. That's the only major criticism I have and I really enjoyed the ending and book other than this.
This book is solely based on religion and lets you decide whether or not you believe in a god. It is definitely for the older reading group and I will most likely re-read it when I am older to get a better idea of the book. The movie was well done and I think they are equally good.
this is one of those books that you read kinda quickly because it's tense and fantastical and interesting.
then, months later you keep randomly thinking about how sad it really is, and how simultaneously beautiful, resilient, cruel, and screwed up the human race can be.
i like books like that.