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Life of Pi [Paperback]

Yann Martel
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life unlike any other Nov. 4 2002
Yann Martel's novel takes us from a small community in India to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where a boy and a tiger share a lifeboat and develop, if not a friendship, a unique understanding of one another. The novel begins slowly and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I also couldn't put it down, especially once on the high seas. Like any seafaring tale, it may be "tall" in parts, and you can, if you wish, choose to believe an alternate story provided for you near the end, but I prefer the taller of the two tales, and was bleary-eyed but well rewarded for reading it in one long sitting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful piece of literature! Dec 5 2002
This is one of the most powerful novels I have ever read. It begins with a section that builds up the main character flawlessly. Then it shifts to wonderfully written story of survival, exploring almost every angle of human nature in the face of adversity. It delves into relationships in the most interesting of ways, and makes one think twice about their own. The third and final section of the book brings a bit of a twist in the plot; it left me enjoying the book in it's entirity even more. It is one of those feel good books, which I could not put down.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and symbolic - I loved this book May 30 2002
By Booknut
I read between 50 and 80 books a year and it is the rare novel that does not disappoint me on some level. This book never let me down, I was never bored and I never felt the author cheated or left loose ends. The language was simple and lyrical but full of symbolism and symmetry. I loved the main character's honesty and optimism and his simple will to survive. Above all I loved the choice of an alternate ending, neither story is a perfect fit leaving the reader the choice to make up their own mind. I laughed, I cried and I'm recommending it to everyone I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bugga-boo Oct. 23 2004
I'm not sure what I liked more, the book or the negative reviews. Having spent the last 5 years of my life in undergrad philosophy, Life of Pi didn't offer any new philosophical insights. For those who grasped the point made in the end, it's a rather old argument, but presented in a very colourful story that at first I wasn't able to get into, but then became quite enthralled with.I can't help but wonder if the people who didn't "get it" were distracted when reading. I notice a number of reviews saying the beginning has nothing to do with the middle or end. Not to be vague and blunt, but the beginning is the beginning that leads to the middle and the end. In order to find the significance in the story, simply pay attention to who and what Pi is during his time in India. His devotion to religion and family, the influences of his two friends Kumar and what each represents and the small bits of information into the character of animals and humans.Did the book make me believe in God? Well, no, that would be sort of silly. As someone very non-religious I doubt any book could do that. But I understood its message clearly enough and I even agree with the principle. Especially as its presented in this work, its very moving, something I'm not apt to say often.For the life of me I can't figure the reviews from people who say it has no ending, I'm not sure what more they hoped for, what the thought lacking. I read the ending no less than 6 hours ago, it was clear to me and very appropriate as well. Again, I suspect perhaps some readers were just too distracted or were reading in such a way as to focus only on the hapter at hand without appreciating the whole story as it had been built to that point.In any event, I'd certainly recommend the book. Read more ›
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best I've read in a while May 19 2002
"Life of Pi" is a lovely, intelligent and unique novel - one of the best I've read in a while.
Though I found Pi's views on the lives of zoo animals a bit off (in fact they made me not WANT to like the book!), he is an incredibly endearing, smart character whom I could not help respecting and rooting for. He is a teenage boy - a practicing Christian, Muslim AND Hindu (all at the same time - much to the consternation of his family and various religious mentors)who escapes a sinking ship in a lifeboat shared by an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger.
Pi and the tiger survive for 227 amazing days in the lifeboat (during which they make an amazing 'botanical' discovery worthy of Star-Trek in its Mr. Spock days) before landing on the coast of Mexico. There Pi provides the authorities two different explanations for his amazing survival.
It's up to you to decide which one is true...
Really worth reading, "Life of Pi" stands out brightly amongst the novels I've read in the past few years, and I'll be recommending it for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a fairy tale Jan. 1 2003
By A Customer
My son loves this book simply as a fairy tale. But, for us adults, if we look between the lines, there is alot more depth than a charming story. And alot of it is spiritual in nature. My favorite spiritual book that I would recommend is, I Talked To God And He Wants To Talk To You. It is the best book ever and I would be remiss if I didn't mention it here. Yet, The Life of Pi rates right up there with my favorite spiritual inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read Feb. 27 2003
I felt this novel started out a bit light-hearted, an easy read that holds your attention right from the beginning. It is humor-filled, informative and gives very definitive opinions without feeling preachy. This is a well-spun yarn that keeps you thinking that maybe there is some factual basis for this fictional story. The tone changes quite a bit during the shipwreck scene with very graphic descriptions that make an already active imagination go into overdrive. It may not be a good idea to read that part of the book just before sleeping. By the end of the novel, I just thought, "Wow." There's no other way to describe it. It's a very riveting novel that reels you in from the get-go and it's almost impossible to put down until you're finished. I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for something to divert your mind from the mundane concerns of life, this is the book to pick up.
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Published 10 days ago by Jacinthe Theoret
4.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I read it!
My mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas a while back and it sat on my shelf for the longest time. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Cindy Beverly
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not something I'd read again.
Published 1 month ago by vern shook
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Pi!
Had seen the movie,then read and loved the book. The movie did a remarkable job of creating the story. Could not put the book down!
Published 2 months ago by Shopaholic
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
quite boring, no better than the movie
Published 2 months ago by Lyne Song
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read. Ends abruptly.
The premise of the book drew me to read it. I liked the understated humour. It was definitely too long and drawn out though... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Curious George
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
This was a story of God and creatures for whose brilliance I was completely unprepared. Bravo, it is a masterpiece of fiction!
Published 4 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get the one I wanted
Ordered this anniversary edition but ended up with the original. Other than that disappointment, it arrived fast and in perfect condition.
Published 6 months ago by JL Magnusson
5.0 out of 5 stars An adept story-teller
To successfully write a novel like Life of Pi requires a skilful author capable of revealing the fantastic in a credible, engaging manner. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lorina Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Item shipped was not item ordered
My rating is based on the experience of receiving this item, not on the item itself. I loved the book, but was disappointed that the edition I received was not the same one that I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ladygoodgreen
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