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El a Tamil boy from Pondicherry explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age He survives Big Bois Everyone s heard of them The Libraries are full of them But are they worth itClick the link for my video review of the big bois in my lifeThe Written ReviewThe beginning is roughIt s all like Why do we keep going on and on about religion Where s the boat Where s the tiger Stop and enjoy the roses The book will get to the tiger part when it wants to Young Pi Piscine Pi Patel spends the first part of the book joining the Christian Muslim and Hindu faiths It s not a matter of he can t choose a religion it s that he is able simultaneously believe in all of them The philosophical musings and religious prose provide an extremely interesting insight on how these religions intersect If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer if He burst out from the Cross My God my God why have you forsaken me then surely we are also permitted doubt But we must move on To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation And thenyou get to the tiger partPi Patel s life uickly shifts from one of religious philosophy and animal care at his family s zoo to one of great uncertainty His family is closing their Indian zoo and they need to travel by boat to a new county Whatever animals they couldn t sell or trade are on the shipOnly something goes wrong Very WrongThe ship is capsizing and it looks like neither human nor animal will make it out alive Soon Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a menagerie of animals and within an adventure he will surely never forget Dare I say I miss him I do I miss him I still see him in my dreams They are nightmares mostly but nightmares tinged with love Such is the strangeness of the human heart Note view spoilerWas I the only one who was upset with the ending I was so mad that we were given the two scenarios at the end of the story It was like the rug was being pulled out from under me According to Pi either we are to believe the tiger adventure happened or it was the alternate version cannibalism and watching his family die in the boat I felt cheated and turned what was a huge triumphant moment into a truly giant downer hide spoiler How To Do What You Love Amp Earn What You Re Worth As A Programmer review of the big bois in my lifeThe Written ReviewThe beginning is The Business Romantic roughIt s all like Why do we keep going on and on about Victory Over Death religion Where s the boat Where s the tiger Stop and enjoy the 4 Ten Count 4 roses The book will get to the tiger part when it wants to Young Pi Piscine Pi Patel spends the first part of the book joining the Christian Muslim and Hindu faiths It s not a matter of he can t choose a You Left Early religion it s that he is able simultaneously believe in all of them The philosophical musings and The Battle Of Sauron War World 8 religious prose provide an extremely interesting insight on how these Life In Pieces A religions intersect If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer if He burst out from the Cross My God my God why have you forsaken me then surely we are also permitted doubt But we must move on To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation And thenyou get to the tiger partPi Patel s life uickly shifts from one of Ready To Die religious philosophy and animal care at his family s zoo to one of great uncertainty His family is closing their Indian zoo and they need to travel by boat to a new county Whatever animals they couldn t sell or trade are on the shipOnly something goes wrong Very WrongThe ship is capsizing and it looks like neither human nor animal will make it out alive Soon Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a menagerie of animals and within an adventure he will surely never forget Dare I say I miss him I do I miss him I still see him in my dreams They are nightmares mostly but nightmares tinged with love Such is the strangeness of the human heart Note view spoilerWas I the only one who was upset with the ending I was so mad that we were given the two scenarios at the end of the story It was like the The Barons Lady rug was being pulled out from under me According to Pi either we are to believe the tiger adventure happened or it was the alternate version cannibalism and watching his family die in the boat I felt cheated and turned what was a huge triumphant moment into a truly giant downer hide spoiler

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Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001 The protagonist Piscine Molitor Pi Pat I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious I tend to avoid the winners of the Man Booker they make me a little depressed The only Carey I haven t liked won the Booker Oscar and Lucinda I really didn t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never finished The Sea despite really liking Banville s writing So being told a book is a winner of the Booker tends to be a mark against it from the start unfortunatelyI m going to have to assume you have read this book as if I don t I won t be able to say anything about it at all Apparently when Yann Martel wrote this he was feeling a bit down and this was his way of plucking himself up Well good on him That s just great I was a little annoyed when I found out that the person the book is dedicated to had also written a story about a man in a boat with a wild cat and had considered suing for plagiarism The book is written by a member of that class of people who are my least favourite a religious person who cannot conceive of someone not being religious There is some fluff at the start in which atheism is discussed read discarded as something people inevitably give up on with their dying breath But the religious are generally terribly arrogant so it is best not to feel insulted by their endless insults they know not what they doParts of this were so badly over written that it was almost enough to make me stop reading The bit where he is opening his first can of water is a case in point This takes so long and is so incidental to the story and written in such a cutesy way that I started to pray the boat would sink the tiger would get him I would even have accepted God smiting him at this point as a valid plotting point even if or particularly because it would bring the story to an abrupt endThis is a book told as two possible stories of how a young man survives for 227 days floating across the Pacific Ocean told in 100 chapters That was the other thing that I found annoying much is made of the fact this story is told in 100 chapters but I could not feel any necessity for many of the chapters Just as I could not feel any necessity for the Italic voice that sounded like Tom Waits doing What is he building in there Well except to introduce us again to Pi some number of years later You know in Invisible Cities Calvino has necessary chapters this book just has 100 chapters It was something that annoyed me from early on in the book that the chapters seemed far too arbitrary and pointing it out at the end just made me irritated There may well be some Hindu reason for 100 chapters but like Jesus ticking off the ancient prophecies on his way to martyrdom I still couldn t see why these chapters were needed in themselvesPi is the central character in the book who for some odd reason is named after a swimming pool I started playing with the ideas of swimming pools and oceans in my head to see where that might lead but got bored He is an active practicing member of three of the world s major religions There is a joke in the early part of the book about him possibly becoming Jewish ha ha or perhaps I should draw a smiley face The only religion missing entirely from the book is Buddhism Well when I say entirely it is interesting that it is a Japanese ship that sinks and that the people Pi tells his story to are Japanese engineers I ve known Hindus who consider Buddhists to be little than dirty filthy atheists so perhaps that is one reason why these Japanese engineers are treated with such contempt at the end of the bookThe Japanese make the connections between the two stories but we can assume that they stuff up these connections While it is clear the French Cook is the hyena Pi s mum is the orang utang and the Asian gentleman is the zebra I m not convinced Pi is meant to be the tiger In fact the one constant that s a pun by the way you are supposed to be laughing in both stories in Pi My interpretation is that the tiger is actually God Angry jealous vicious hard to appease arbitrary and something that takes up lots of time when you have better things to do sounds like God to meThe last little bit of the book has Pi asking which is the better story the one with animals or the one he tells with people I mean this is an unfair competition he has spent chapter after chapter telling the animal story and only the last couple telling the people story The point of this though is Pascal s wager said anew If we can never really know if there is no god and it ultimately makes no difference if we tell the story with him or without him in it but if the story is beautiful with him in it then why not just accept him in the story and be damnedWell because the story isn t improved with the animals and life isn t just a story and kid s stories are great sometimes but I often like adult stories at least as much and sometimes even This is yet another person all alone survival story but one I don t feel that was handled as well as it could have been mostly because the writer had an ideological message that he felt was important than the story never a good sign Worse still in the end I really couldn t care less about Pi I knew he was going to survive and knew it would be because of his faith He does talk about Jesus most petulant moment with the fig tree so I was uite impressed that rated a mention but all the same I haven t been converted to any or all of the world religions discussed in this bookCompare this tale with the bit out of A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters about the painting I know it is not a fair comparison Barnes is a god but I ve made it anywayI didn t really enjoy this book I felt it tried too hard and didn t uite make it But Christians will love it oh yeah Christians will definitely love it Fetal Alcohol Syndrome really didn t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never finished The Sea despite Understanding Action Learning really liking Banville s writing So being told a book is a winner of the Booker tends to be a mark against it from the start unfortunatelyI m going to have to assume you have Master Cleanse read this book as if I don t I won t be able to say anything about it at all Apparently when Yann Martel wrote this he was feeling a bit down and this was his way of plucking himself up Well good on him That s just great I was a little annoyed when I found out that the person the book is dedicated to had also written a story about a man in a boat with a wild cat and had considered suing for plagiarism The book is written by a member of that class of people who are my least favourite a Star Wars religious person who cannot conceive of someone not being Une Adolescence religious There is some fluff at the start in which atheism is discussed Taken By The Alien read discarded as something people inevitably give up on with their dying breath But the Ratu Bergaun Hitam religious are generally terribly arrogant so it is best not to feel insulted by their endless insults they know not what they doParts of this were so badly over written that it was almost enough to make me stop Alcohol reading The bit where he is opening his first can of water is a case in point This takes so long and is so incidental to the story and written in such a cutesy way that I started to pray the boat would sink the tiger would get him I would even have accepted God smiting him at this point as a valid plotting point even if or particularly because it would bring the story to an abrupt endThis is a book told as two possible stories of how a young man survives for 227 days floating across the Pacific Ocean told in 100 chapters That was the other thing that I found annoying much is made of the fact this story is told in 100 chapters but I could not feel any necessity for many of the chapters Just as I could not feel any necessity for the Italic voice that sounded like Tom Waits doing What is he building in there Well except to introduce us again to Pi some number of years later You know in Invisible Cities Calvino has necessary chapters this book just has 100 chapters It was something that annoyed me from early on in the book that the chapters seemed far too arbitrary and pointing it out at the end just made me irritated There may well be some Hindu The Book Of Robert E Howard reason for 100 chapters but like Jesus ticking off the ancient prophecies on his way to martyrdom I still couldn t see why these chapters were needed in themselvesPi is the central character in the book who for some odd Maynards Industrial Engineering Handbook Mcgraw Hill Standard Handbooks reason is named after a swimming pool I started playing with the ideas of swimming pools and oceans in my head to see where that might lead but got bored He is an active practicing member of three of the world s major Our Heritage religions There is a joke in the early part of the book about him possibly becoming Jewish ha ha or perhaps I should draw a smiley face The only The Tournament religion missing entirely from the book is Buddhism Well when I say entirely it is interesting that it is a Japanese ship that sinks and that the people Pi tells his story to are Japanese engineers I ve known Hindus who consider Buddhists to be little than dirty filthy atheists so perhaps that is one The Prize reason why these Japanese engineers are treated with such contempt at the end of the bookThe Japanese make the connections between the two stories but we can assume that they stuff up these connections While it is clear the French Cook is the hyena Pi s mum is the orang utang and the Asian gentleman is the zebra I m not convinced Pi is meant to be the tiger In fact the one constant that s a pun by the way you are supposed to be laughing in both stories in Pi My interpretation is that the tiger is actually God Angry jealous vicious hard to appease arbitrary and something that takes up lots of time when you have better things to do sounds like God to meThe last little bit of the book has Pi asking which is the better story the one with animals or the one he tells with people I mean this is an unfair competition he has spent chapter after chapter telling the animal story and only the last couple telling the people story The point of this though is Pascal s wager said anew If we can never Kepple really know if there is no god and it ultimately makes no difference if we tell the story with him or without him in it but if the story is beautiful with him in it then why not just accept him in the story and be damnedWell because the story isn t improved with the animals and life isn t just a story and kid s stories are great sometimes but I often like adult stories at least as much and sometimes even This is yet another person all alone survival story but one I don t feel that was handled as well as it could have been mostly because the writer had an ideological message that he felt was important than the story never a good sign Worse still in the end I The Second Book Of Robert E Howard rated a mention but all the same I haven t been converted to any or all of the world The Vampire Stories Of R Chetwynd Hayes religions discussed in this bookCompare this tale with the bit out of A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters about the painting I know it is not a fair comparison Barnes is a god but I ve made it anywayI didn t Of Mice And Men really enjoy this book I felt it tried too hard and didn t uite make it But Christians will love it oh yeah Christians will definitely love it

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227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Park Life of Pi was a fairly engaging story in terms of plot and character but what made it such a memorable book for me at least was its thematic concerns Is it a story that will make you believe in God as Pi claims I m not sure I d go that far but I would recommend it to people who enjoy thinking about the nature of reality and the role of faith in our lives To me the entire thrust of the book is the idea that reality is a story and therefore we can choose our own story as the author himself puts it So if life is a story we have two basic choices we can limit ourselves only to what we can know for sure that is to dry yeastless factuality or we can choose the better story I suppose in Pi s world the better story includes God but he doesn t say this is the only meaningful possibility In fact Pi calls atheists his brothers and sisters of a different faith because like Pi atheists go as far as the legs of reason will carry them and then they leap Pi s point in my opinion is that human experience always involves interpretation that our knowledge is necessarily limited that both religious belief and atheism reuire a leap of faith of one kind or another after all there s so little we can know for sure For Pi then we shouldn t limit ourselves only to beliefs that can be proven empirically Instead we should make choices that bring meaning and richness to our lives we should exercise faith and strive for ideals whatever the object of our faith and whatever those ideals might be Or as Pi says in taking a shot at agnosticism To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation In the end however I didn t necessarily read this book as an invitation to believe in God Instead I saw it as a mirror held up to the reader a test to see what kind of worldview the reader holds That is as Pi himself says since it makes no factual difference to you and you can t prove the uestion either way which story do you prefer Which is the better story the story with the animals or the story without the animals Or as I took it Is it my nature to reach for and believe the better but less likely story Or do I tend to believe the likely but less lovely story What view of reality do I generally hold Another eually important uestion is this How did I come by my view of reality Do I view the world primarily through the lens of reason Or do I view it through the lens of emotion For Pi I think it s safe to say his belief comes by way of emotion He has as one reviewer noted a certain skepticism about reason in fact Pi calls it fool s gold for the bright Pi also has what I would call a subtle but real basis for his belief in God namely an intellect confounded yet a trusting sense of presence and ultimate purpose But belief still isn t easy for him Despite his trusting sense of purpose Pi acknowledges that Love is hard to believe ask any lover Life is hard to believe ask any scientist God is hard to believe ask any believer So it s not that a life of faith is easier in Pi s opinion it s that for him belief is ultimately worthwhile This is not to say however that Pi holds a thoroughly postmodern view of God or that he believes as a matter of art rather than in a sincere way True Pi suggests that whether you believe his story had a tiger in it is also a reflection of your ability to believe in something higher And of course it s easy to read Pi s entire story as an attempt to put an acceptable gloss on a horrific experience Still there are a number of clues throughout the book that give the reader at least some reason to believe Pi s story did have a tiger in it for instance the floating banana and the meerkat bonesAs such Pi s two stories could be seen as an acknowledgement that both atheism and belief in God reuire some faith and therefore it s up to each of us to choose the way of life that makes us the happiest He s not necessarily saying that the truth is what you make it he s saying we don t have unadulterated access to the truth our imagination personalities and experiences unavoidably influence the way we interact with the world But that s not the same as saying whatever we imagine is true I think Pi for instance knows which of his stories is true It s not Pi but the reader who is left with uncertainty and who therefore has to throw her hands up and say I don t know or else choose one story or the other And to me this isn t too far off from the predicament we all find ourselves in And that s what makes Life of Pi such a challenge to the reader Pi s first story is fantastic wonderful but hard to believe Yet there s some evidence that it happened just the way he said it did And Pi s second story is brutal terrible but much easier to accept as true Yet it s not entirely plausible either and it leaves no room for the meerkat bones or Pi s trusting sense of presence and ultimate purpose If the reader personally dismisses the tiger story out of hand I suppose that s another way of saying the reader by nature tends to believe the likely but less lovely story In the same way if the reader gets to the story s payoff and still believes there was a tiger in the boat the reader is probably inclined to believe the emotionally satisfying story But it should be born in mind that Pi doesn t definitively state which story was true something which only he can know for sure All we can really be sure of in Pi s universe is that he was stuck on a lifeboat for a while before making it to shore So which story do I believe I struggled with that uestion for a long time But after thinking about it for a couple of days I ll end this review with the final lines from the book Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr Patel and none in the company of an adult Bengal Tiger


10 thoughts on “Life of Pi

  1. says:

    It is not so much that The Life of Pi is particularly moving although it is It isn’t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once which it is as well And it’s cer

  2. says:

    LITTLE INDIAN BOY GOES ON WEIRD BOAT RIDE WITH MEAN CAT

  3. says:

    I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious I tend to avoid the winners of the Man Booker – they make me a little depressed The only Carey I haven’t liked won the Booker Oscar and Lucinda I really didn’t like the little bit of Vernon Go

  4. says:

    It's not that it was bad it's just that I wish the tiger had eaten him so the story wouldn't existI read half of it and fe

  5. says:

    I was extremely surprised by this book Let me tell you why it's a funny story On the Danish cover it says Pi's Liv Pi's Life but I hadn't noticed the apostrophe so I thought it said Pis Liv Piss Life and I thought that was an interesting title

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    Big Bois Everyone's heard of them The Libraries are full of them But are they worth itClick the link for my video review of the big bois in my lifeThe Written ReviewThe beginning is roughIt's all like Why do we keep going on and on about religion Where's the boat Where's the tiger Stop and enjoy the roses The boo

  7. says:

    Sift a pinch of psychology with a scant tablespoon of theology add one part Island of the Blue Dolphin with two parts philosophy mix with a pastry blender or the back of a fork until crumbly but not dry and there

  8. says:

    Life of Pi was a fairly engaging story in terms of plot and character but what made it such a memorable book for me at least was its thematic concerns Is it a story that will make you believe in God as Pi claims I'm not sure I'd go t

  9. says:

    I read this book two years ago but when we discussed it this month for book club I remembered how much I liked it A good discussion

  10. says:

    On the surface Life of Pi is a funny little book heart warming and audacious but dig a little deeper and you’ll see how complex the story actually is The magically real elements make the story doubt itself; they call into uestion th

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