Book: Life of Pi
Release date: August 29, 2006 (First Published: January 1, 2001)
Publisher: Seal Books
Source: From A Friend
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
This story never fails to blow my mind each and every time I read it. There is always something to gain from this book, whether it be understanding how much something connects to the world, or your interpretation. The imagery and the detail that has gone into constructing each individual character, and the fantastical islands, it just takes you to another world, which is mind boggling because it isn’t a magical kingdom, it is real life. The connection between the two makes me appreciate and understand the nature of human beings, and the element of God and religion is prominent as well. I rated it almost perfectly because I honestly don’t think this book could be improved, because everything is so precise and purposeful that if anything changed, the whole message and point of the book would change. The fantastical element of a come to life island or surviving on a boat with the a tiger is terrifying an unrealistic, but it’s through those actions that you learn what would happen to someone if they were stranded in an ocean for a long period of time, and what man would instinctively do to survive. It’s an idea that is very original in my opinion, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, even if it was for school the first time.