Life of Pi
15 journalers for this copy...
In the mail to fellow bookcrosser.
apparently i'm not the only one who's curious; a spontaneous book ray list has formed. bookcrosser is very generous with (rabck) books, but strongly dislikes any form of administration - i wonder how s/he caught the bookcrossing virus? - so i offered to do the paperwork.
here's the updated participants' order:
riemke (who is willing to take her bicycle across the border to help others avoid paying postage to a foreign country - thanks!)
heixly (can we organize a similar bike trip for you..?)
most of you know what to do, but here's a reminder anyway:
- make a journal entry upon receiving the book, so we know it's not lost in transit
- read it within a couple of weeks
- pm the next one for an address before you finish the book, to keep delays to a minimum
- write something about the book. anything. good or bad, please let us know!
now that it's off, i'll have to swiftly pm the other participants about the ring order... had not taken time to do so yet.
Dit boek arriveerde zojuist in een bubbel-envelop, versierd met een rijke collectie Kerstzegels. Omdat er zoveel mensen naar uitkijken, geef ik het prioriteit boven andere dingen die ik aan het lezen ben. Dat wil zeggen dat ik er vanmiddag aan begin.
Ik vind de labelling nogal bescheiden, maar ik wil me niet overal tegenaan bemoeien in mijn eerste boekenring, of is het een ray? Dus ik laat het maar zo.
This book just arrived in a padded envelope, decorated with a rich assembly of Christmas-stamps.
Because so many are looking forward to it, I'm giving it priority above other stuff I'm reading. Which means that I'll start reading this very afternoon.
I think the labelling is rather modest. But I don't want too meddle too much, in my first bookring, or is it a ray? So I'll just leave well enough alone.
An astonishing book. Sweet and gruesome, all at once. I just finished it, and am still a bit overwhelmed; more tomorrow.
Nou, ik vond het erg mooi, dat moge duidelijk zijn. In het eerste gedeelte stond naar mijn zin wel erg veel over God, een onderwerp waar ik als lezer niet zo veel mee op heb; later werd dat minder. Wat me erg aanstond was dat de tijger tot het eind toe een echte tijger bleef, en geen schootkatje of Disney-knuffelbeest werd.
Een boek om nog lang over na te denken, en af en toe nog eens door te bladeren... Oh nee, dat kan niet, het is al onderweg!
'Life of Pi' is back on the road. I mailed it out today, but I was going to tell a bit more about it. But not too much, in order not to spoil fellow bookringers' reading pleasure.
Well, I liked it a lot, this much should be made clear. The first part had a bit too much on God for my liking; a subject that doesn't do much for me as a reader. Later on, it got less. One thing that really appealed to me is the fact that the tiger stayed a real tiger till the end, and not a pet or a cuddly Disney-animal.
A book to keep me thinking for a long time, and one to leaf through from time to time. Oh no, no can do, it's back on the road already!
ps bookcrosser is een heel leuke "zij", ik heb haar ontmoet op de eerste meeting vorig jaar in utrecht.
The end of the book was a bit disappointing. The whole time I've been asking myself what would happen to the tiger when they finally would reach land. And then.... no I won't tell, but it was not what I had hoped for.
The story told as a story-in-a story wasn't too good either. I didn't read the italic written parts, until I had finished the whole book.
On tuesday I will make the famous bicycle trip to germany, and if the wetter is bad, I'll send the book by post to heixly.
for paying postage to a foreign country.
Sorry, that I kept waiting the following readers a bit too long, but now the ring resumes with sending the book to biba89!
Piscine Molitor Patel and tiger drift off in the direction of gerbie7 today. Godspeed, Pi! Beware of the tiger!
Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Language: English (Canada)
# Pages: 325 (5204)
The extra-ordinary story of Piscine Patel and Richard Parker, praised by many, awarded with prizes. It took me a bit to get into. 10 pages at the time, but in the end it has cost me several hours of sleep. The intro drags on a bit, we have to get to know Pi apparently, but in my humble opinion it would have been as good had we just entered the story the moment the ship goes down. I still don’t understand how it is possible that Pi doesn’t find out for days that there is a tiger in his lifeboat. However the idea of the two of them together in a small boat is a great setting for a good story.
Having finished the book, I don’t think I consider it the classic many hold it for. It certainly is a good book, it made me take the book from next to my book and read it in daytime, ignoring work and newspapers. To be a classic, it misses the depth. One thing it certainly does well is playing with the edges of reality. What is true, what isn’t? Yet it is funny to think about that dilemma anyway while reading a work of fiction.
Naar de volgende lezer in deze bookring.
in the post to Rubyblue
One of the best books i've read in a whille.. i love this magic-realism type of books.
two questions that keep bothering me:
1. whats that carnivorous island about? it has got to have some deeper meaning.. but i dont understand what it could be. (even not unerstanding it, i enjoyed reading that part:)
2. Does this copy of the book have 5 pages too many, or is it just a coincidance that the book end so near the 314 pages? (the silly things i can wonder about)
As soon as i have the address for the next, Pi will continue his journey!
I could very much identify with Pi being frustrated about being teased about his name and I was very amused by Pi practising three different religions. Finally someone who does something his own way and is not influenced by this parents and religious counselors wanting him to conform to their opinion of how things should be! I agree with readers before me about the story not making me believe in God. I would put it even stronger and say it reinforces my belief in taking matters into your own hand when faced with problems and relying on your own strength and knowledge to get you out of a sticky situation.
At first I did not know whether I was going to like the part of the book after the ship sank, but soon I was curious what would happen next and started making more time to read. While I was reading the book I saw a program about surviving at sea on Discovery channel and I understood better what kind of things were aboard the lifeboat.
I'm not sure what to think of the two versions of the story, I was tickled about the island of algae (wow!)
I'm not sure yet if I'll have to mail this book or if I can give it to Suzy26 at the meeting in Tilburg next week. I will pm her if she has decided yet about going.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book is going with me to the bookcrossingmeeting at bookshop de Zevensprong in Tilburg tomorrow. Korenmaat will take it with her to Suzy26 (thanks).
Happy reading Suzy26!
i won't start it immediately, as there are a couple of ring books first...
thanks all for taking part in this ring. it's great for the appetite to read all your opinions. and once i'm reading pi you'll automagically see whether i agreed or not!
lot12 would like to read it too, so pi's travels in the wilds of south africa have to wait a bit.
edit, 2 jan.'05: the entry above was a bit optimistic, as the mailbox was blown up with fireworks before i had the chance to mail this book out. and the post office is closed all the time due to the holidays. sigh.
anyway, this evening the remaining mailboxes have been reopened and i'm sending this book out right away!
Thank you for sharing, nrrdgrrl! I'm looking forward to it.
I read all the above mentioned things about the book, because I wanted to know what other people thought about the trick Yann Martell plays on us. But hey! Nobody's commented on it. Apparently I've read it differently, although I thought the trick was too obvious to be nice. What do I mean? (CAREFUL, THIS MAY BE A SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK) I mean that, in my opinion the whole book is about religion. About why we should or could believe in stories about God. First and foremost he shows this by showing us in several examples that what we don't see isn't necessarily NOT there. And when you find out something ís there, you will see the evidence for it everywhere.
The second thing is that there can be stories which cannot be prooved one way or another. Which of the stories or explanations you believe depends on what you want to believe. In this case the story of God is supposed to be the better one (Pi asks the japanese which story is the bétter one: the one with the tiger or the alternative story. The Japanese agree that of course the story with the tiger is the better one.) What is meant by 'better' isn't really clear. It seems to me he means nicer or better told.
I call it a trick, because I think what he does is very rhetorical. He shows us one way, the way to God, though I think, and he says as much, that his reasoning can be turned around to proove exactly the opposite. He uses arguments and methods that can be and are used to show the opposite. This does not mean that I'm against his reasoning. I like it. The way he views concepts like 'truth' and 'believe' and 'fiction' is the way I see them too. I think he gives a well-written, easy readable example of how we can view the world and the things we believe are true in a postmodernistic way. He isn't postmodernistic, alas, in the obvious way he brings the message and only showing one way (but then I'm probably spoiled by Paul Auster). But I'm probably wrong about that last comment, because a lot of people read this book different than I did.
About the book itself. I liked the beginning of the story, the Indian feel, the absurdistic stories that surround Pi, but they were criscrossed by bits about zoology and religion, which were in themselves perhaps interesting, but I wasn't interested in reading them in the midst of a novel-story. When the ship sank I was amazed about how well he describes the survival. I was convinced by Pi's story, even the cannibalistic island (though I had the feeling it was a reference to the paradise-story) I found believeable. I enjoyed reading it, especially in the parts where I wasn't disturbed by his trick.
All in all, a nice book, though not a classic or one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Thanks for sending it to me, nrrdgrrl!
edit: Oops! Sorry that I wrote so much.
pi is back here yet again... third time lucky?
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
taking this with me to my first south african bookcross meeting. if you read this, you're welcome to join us!
I finished this book in one session: I just couldn;t put it down.