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Patience will be Rewarded, Mar 9 2005
"Life of Pi" has many parallels to spirituality, not only in the context of the author's wording of the story, but in the reading experience itself. Patience is a virtue and "Life of Pi" is a testament to this noble inner moral. The author starts slow, taking time to layout a framework of plausibility to justify the events that are to unfold. Without taking the patience to lay down this groundwork, the miraculous story that unfolds would seem far to infeasible to engross the reader. However, through the author's patience and that of the reader in the initial stages of the book, the ensuing experience is one that will most assuredly reward the reader in literary enjoyment and uplifting of spirit.
True, such a book does not make an instant grab of the reader's devotion as popular mysteries typified by "The Da Vinci Code" or celebrated postmodern literature typified by "My Fractured Life." Nor does such a book as "Life of Pi" present an effortless reading experience typified by easy reading, mass market adult fiction typified by "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." Yet, "Life of Pi" does not need to fall into one of these categories to achieve the same level of grandeur. It is an experience that requires more patience, but in so doing provides a different variety of pleasure.