Sometimes I have this weird habit of avoiding things that are being hyped. I honestly think it could be some sort of weird inner fear of disappointment. We’ve all had it happen, especially with books and especially in this day and age where information is constantly in our face.
I remember hearing about this book constantly when I was younger and the movie actually came out when I was in high school. The book was always on my AP Reading lists and I never got around to reading it but the only reason I can think of as to WHY I never delved into this story is because I didn’t believe it was as good as all the hype.
But I was wrong.
Here’s a short synopsis of Life of Pi by Yann Martel:
Essentially a young man is thrown onto a life boat that has a tiger on it as well and then he has to survive in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for A VERY LONG TIME.
Yes, that really is my short synopsis. Literally my mind was blown after reading this and then doing a cursory google search and I swear I wish I could take a literary class just so I can analyze this novel with people and in a great amount of depth.
From here on, I’m going to talk about a few spoilers so if you haven’t read this yet, I highly suggest you quit reading my blog post! Seriously, I don’t want to ruin it for you!
The MOST IMPORTANT part of this novel is the Forward. If you’ve read this you know that the author thanks the person who turned him on to the story of this guy and then he thanks Pi for allowing him to essentially write the story about what happened.
The first third of the book (roughly) is literally a child’s perspective on religion and not just ONE religion but several. Pi is still in India at this point and explains that his parents are Hindu but he ends up going to a Christian church and even a Mosque. I am not religious in any way but I found that his descriptions of the cultures, beliefs and the different practices were beautifully described.
Intertwined with Pi’s story is the Author adding information about his experiences with the real Pi, and his life after all of his hardships. And then, Pi suddenly is on a sinking ship and is thrown to the tigers… well one tiger on a boat as well as an orangutan and zebra. This part of the novel is fascinating. It would be interesting to read even if you subtracted the first third of the story and changed the ending.
BUT THE ENDING, COMBINED WITH THE FORWARD is MIND BLOWING!
But I don’t want to completely spoil it for all of you guys who haven’t read it and ignored my last warning about spoilers.
But I will leave you with this: Life of Pi is about the relativity of truth.
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