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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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Hardcover
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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb adventure; A survivor-guide's companion! Nov. 15 2002
Format:Paperback
For many immigrants who arrived in Canada, a new life of economic prosperity seems to be the beacon that attracted them. However, for some smaller number of immigrants, like myself, arriving here felt like a happy chapter of a life mostly blanketed with sorrow, loneliness and utter helplessness. I had never read a book that related so well with my past. As you read it, you will be taken on an incredible adventure that out does many if not all "castaway" movies and stories you may have seen or read. We may have read about survivors floating on a lifeboat after loosing their entire family to a ship accident and encountering all kinds of terrible things and places, some funny some deadly. Here, it is not these that matter. What matters in Mr. Martel's “Life of Pi” is how can we all discover, like Martel’s young hero Piscene Molitor Patel (Pi) does, that deep in each of us there really is God, Allah, Yahweh, Love, Hope, Christianity, Islam, Szerelem (Hungarian), Sevgi ve Umut (Turkish), Amal (Arabic), Arzu (Farsi), or whatever else your label may be, its a Good Thing. As I started the book, excitement of a beautiful spring rain bathed my senses, as I turned to the last page, I wept tears of joy. I will read this book again. I recommend that you do too. You will be surprised how much goodness you have inside. Take this book with you on your next voyage (beyond your supermarket, city, town, country), it will not only keep you company like Richard Parker does Pi, but it well help you go on living even if life seems to have handed out it last thread of hope.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so magic realism Oct. 25 2003
By Aurelio
Format:Paperback
In the book jacket one of the reviewers compares this book to the works of Magic Realism. I myself find that comparison erroneous and offensive.
The book is charming and well written, but it is a lot more "A Beautiful Mind" than any magic realism. That the character does not have a solid ground on truth is already exhibited by the premise that one may combine all three major religions, please God equally as it were. That would only be possible by disassociating himself from the true demands of any faith, by separating the Christian in oneself from the hindu, etc. How schizophrenic is that?
Then there is the matter of how the rest of the story goes. Yes, perhaps a necessary way in which the character manages to cope with a horrible reality... none of the faiths seem to work, because none of them is truly accepted ... thus, something else needs to be invented, this communion with the animals.
A story that makes you believe in God? Hardly, perhaps a new-age type of deity that pleases neither God nor man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling of an unbelievable story May 11 2011
By Melissa
Format:Paperback
A 16 year-old Indian boy, Pi Patel, is travelling to Canada with his family and the majority of his father's zoo animals when their cargo ship sinks. The only human survivor, Pi must survive the high seas while stuck in a life boat with a zebra, hyena, orangutan, and Bengal tiger. This was a very original story, absurd and really stretching the boundaries of my imagination, but the writing made me a believer. I found Pi's voice to be engaging ' at times, a little over-descriptive, especially about the gruesome details of killing animals and fish, but still very endearing.

I really liked the ending of the book, particularly the last few chapters; it made me critically analyze the entire novel and see all the events from a new perspective. This is one of those books that, after you have read the last page, require time to digest before moving on to another book. I almost liked the book more after I had finished it than I did while I was reading it. Overall, recommended.
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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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by ladygoodgreen
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
It was such an entertaining story. I kept reading pieces aloud to my kids so much that my daughter purchased the print edition (she prefers print to her kindle) and read it too.
Published 6 months ago by Lynda Gernon
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Read
I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel just because the movie was coming out. I had also heard that is was an incredible read and wanted to see what all of the buzz was about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam Couture Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film
Better than the film. Read it before you see it. Very good life lesson. Must read once in a life.
Published 6 months ago by Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Très bon
Très bon livre
un must a lire une fois dans sa vie ! :) Meme si on a visionner le film
Published 8 months ago by Maryse St-Germain
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Will read it again I am sure. I was glad to have seen the movie FIRST! I would not have understood the first part of the book.
Published 8 months ago by Joan St.Hilaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and fascinating!
I read this book for my Grade twelve ISU novel and although it probably is not the best idea to write a literary essay about this novel, I would still recommend this book to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jamie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure
This one is a page turner. Yann Martel doesn't just let you read this story, he makes you live it!
Published 8 months ago by Marlena Stocker
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