“LIFE OF PI” BY Yaan Martel
December 1, 2017
Okay, wow. This book was amazing. As you know, Life of Pi is on my list of Top 4 Inspirational Books For Teens, but after finishing it, I have to say that it deserves a category of its own. Maybe Top Books to Get You Thinking? Something like that. Anyways, here’s my review on what is now one of my favourite books of all time.
Piscine Molitor Patel, a 16 year-old Indian boy, is lost at sea after the sinking of the ship he was aboard. In the lifeboat with him is a zebra with a broken leg, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450 pound Bengal tiger. In order to survive, Pi must cooperate with these animals and unleash parts of himself that he never thought were there in the first place.
Why 5 OWLS? This book got 5 OWLS because it was incredible. At the beginning of the novel Pi talks about his life; the excitement of growing up at a zoo, his adventures and misadventures at school, his passion for religion, that sort of thing. When he finally gets into the part about him being in the lifeboat and learning to get food and water, it really gets interesting. How he learns to cope with and tame the tiger is even more mind-boggling. I found that the storyline moved along at a very good pace and that Pi was a very relatable and funny character. The author could have made this story drag on and on, but he instead focused in on the most important details, incorporating little details and connections to Pi’s life in India as needed. This made for a fun, interesting and intense read that left me wanting more. And the ending……… crazy. I think that I was still thinking it through three days later. And that’s what I really love about this book. It makes you think. Sometimes I go through books in like five days and go on to the next one straight away, so it’s refreshing to just put down a book and be amazed every single time that you think about it. I’m actually still trying to figure some parts out. That’s why this read got 5 out of 5 OWLS; not because I couldn’t put it down, but because sometimes it forced me to put it down and just think.
Who Would Enjoy This Book? If you are interested in human nature, animals, or just want to read a book that makes your brain work, I suggest that yo read this novel. Just be aware it is a pretty sophisticated read, and you might have to look up a few words.
So, that’s that. Let me know if you read this book and liked it…. I’m seriously considering opening up a chat page so we can discuss the ending! Also, keep your eyes open for this week’s bonus post.
Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked
Let me know is you find any! I’d read them in a heartbeat;)