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Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Life of Pi
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Some books defy categorisation: Life of Pi, the second novel from Canadian writer Yann Martel, is a case in point: just about the only thing you can say for certain about it is that it is fiercely and admirably unique. The plot, if that’s the right word, concerns the oceanic wanderings of a lost... show more
Some books defy categorisation: Life of Pi, the second novel from Canadian writer Yann Martel, is a case in point: just about the only thing you can say for certain about it is that it is fiercely and admirably unique. The plot, if that’s the right word, concerns the oceanic wanderings of a lost boy, the young and eager Piscine Patel of the title (Pi). After a colourful and loving upbringing in gorgeously-hued India, the Muslim-Christian-animistic Pi sets off for a fresh start in Canada. His blissful voyage is rudely interrupted when his boat is scuppered halfway across the Pacific, and he is forced to rough it in a lifeboat with a hyena, a monkey, a whingeing zebra and a tiger called Richard. That would be bad enough, but from here on things get weirder: the animals start slaughtering each other in a veritable frenzy of allegorical bloodlust, until Richard the tiger and Pi are left alone to wander the wastes of ocean, with plenty of time to ponder their fate, the cruelty of the gods, the best way to handle storms and the various different recipes for oothappam, scrapple and coconut yam kootu. The denouement is pleasantly neat. According to the blurb, thirtysomething Yann Martel spent long years in Alaska, India, Mexico, France, Costa Rica, Turkey and Iran, before settling in Canada. All those cultures and more have been poured into this spicy, vivacious, kinetic and very entertaining fiction. --Sean Thomas
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780857865533 (0857865536)
Publisher: Canongate
Pages no: 334
Edition language: English
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
4.0 The Better Story
Defiantly funny in the face of total devastation, but more than that, ever hopeful. I guess that last is the best part of strong faith. The important part. Inner piece and enduring hope. Here's the deal: I'm an agnostic. We get roasted inside *grin*. I could go a long while about the difference be...
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe czytanie
Cyfranek - Cyfrowe czytanie rated it
4.0 Życie Pi – w poszukiwaniu wiary
Tym razem najpierw oglądnąłem film, a później sięgnąłem po książkę. I wcale nie żałuję. Do tego wszystkiego, kończąc lekturę, jak raz trafiła się powtórka filmu w telewizji. Oglądnąłem więc go po raz kolejny. I wcale nie żałuję. Zarówno powieść jak i jej ekranizacja, są bardzo dobrymi opowieściami, ...
Linda78
Linda78 rated it
0.0 Life of Pi - DNF @ 20%.
DNF @ 20%. This is nothing but lectures on zoology, Hinduism and Christianity. Not that this stuff isn't interesting, but a book with a good story it does not make. The weird interjections of the guy talking about some other guy are, well, weird. Frankly, this book sounds like it wants to be mega su...
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it
5.0 Life is partly Survival...
'Life of Pi' made the World Book Night list for 2011 and rightly so. Martel has created a modern masterpiece, which is beautifully written. The storyline is unusual and all the more absorbing for it. The ending too is intriguing and though the movie interpretation is good, it can't do full justice t...
Haidji - Books...and...Books!
Haidji - Books...and...Books! rated it
5.0 Magic
The life of Pi is a story of courage and survival. It is a wonderfully written journey through life's struggle.
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