Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

From the Amazon product description: The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Oh my this one has been sitting in draft status for over a month. Let's see if I can remember what I thought! Part of me thought, "This is pretty cool!". Part of me thought, "What's the big deal?". The story reminded me quite a bit of My Father's Dragon except that with the Dragon story, I was mesmerized. I loved it and became enraptured of the fantasy world. I was less enthused about Life of Pi but still very interested. Maybe the first time you read a book in a certain style, it spoils you for all the other first times? I had a friend say that making it through the book was worth it for the last few pages. Now that I have done it, I'd have to agree. I enjoyed the story but then the ending that made you go, "hmmmmm", made it even better for me!

This is one of the books on my list for the Spring Reading Thing 2010 hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days. Click on the logo if you'd like to see the rest of my list.


bermudaonion said...

I was just the opposite! I liked the story until the end and then I was like, "What the heck?"

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

This is one of my all time favorite books, if for no other reason that it created quite a "bru-ha-ha" at our book group!! To this day, our members still talk about it -- either positively or negatively, depending on their point of view!

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