Life of Pi

by Yann Martel | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 184195425x Global Overview for this book
Registered by rem_BPO-303097 on 4/17/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by rem_BPO-303097 on Monday, April 17, 2006
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."

An award winner in Canada (and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize), Life of Pi, Yann Martel's second novel, should prove to be a breakout book in the U.S. At one point in his journey, Pi recounts, "My greatest wish--other than salvation--was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One that I could read again and again, with new eyes and fresh understanding each time." It's safe to say that the fabulous, fablelike Life of Pi is such a book. --Brad Thomas Parsons

Journal Entry 2 by rem_BPO-303097 on Monday, April 17, 2006
I'm going to start a book ring with this one. If you want to join in please let me know and send me your location and your shipping preferences :-)

Participants so far (not in shipping order):
mrspopoff (GB)
Guadi (Portugal)
BettyBoekwurm (Portugal)
octoberskye (US)
sophias (Portugal)
carriehhh (UK)

Journal Entry 3 by rem_BPO-303097 on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
We now have 7 participants, so I will send off the book to the first person ASAP. I made a list in shipping order, but it is not yet fixed as I don't want to close it for other participants.

The list is:
mrspopoff (UK)
guadi (Portugal)
BettyBoekwurm (Portugal) <- it's here!
sophias (Portugal)
octoberskye (US)
carriehhh (UK)
sweetdaisy (UK)
ariuca (Spain)

back to me

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I sent this one off as a bookring...

Journal Entry 5 by mrspopoff from Nottingham, not specified not specified on Thursday, May 11, 2006
Received today - will start at the weekend.

Journal Entry 6 by mrspopoff from Nottingham, not specified not specified on Saturday, May 20, 2006
I loved this book! It was completley different to anything I'd ever read before and that perhaps has been the appeal of this, the fact that it is so original! The story of one man's survival against the elements and a tiger is truly remarkable and would be a book that I would definitely read again.

Journal Entry 7 by Guadi from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto Portugal on Friday, June 02, 2006
It just arrived safe and sound.

Journal Entry 8 by BettyBoekwurm from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Thursday, September 28, 2006
Just arrived. I have another book before this one, but I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sending, Guadi. And thanks for sharing oisec

Journal Entry 9 by BettyBoekwurm from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Thursday, October 19, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. Fantasy and reality are intertwined in a sort of twisted folk tale. I particularly liked the way small details about animal behaviour are explored and mixed into the narrative.

Thanks for sharing oisec! Sent this morning to sophias.

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