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Subject: Life of Pi - News to me...
Date Posted: 5/28/2008 3:27 PM ET
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I just finished reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Came across this under someone else's recommendation. I think it came out a few years ago - not sure if it was really popular then. I couldn't put it down! I really felt like I was on the journey with the main character and there are a lot of really interesting undertones. I highly recommend this read!

Here is the book's synopsis from PBS:

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I loved this book and bought the illustrated edition as a keeper. From reading the posts here I have found that this is a Love-It or Hate-It book.

When there has been a post of most hated books.....it makes the list.

When there has been a post of favorite books........ it makes the list.

What is important is how much you liked the book.....and I am glad you enjoyed it. It is one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 7:01 PM ET
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I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I just couldn't finish it.  I didn't like the style of writing or the imagery at all.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 8:00 PM ET
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So, which ending did you think was true?  My book club had a HUGE discussion over this one.  I didn't even know what an allegory was until we discussed the book.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 9:10 PM ET
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It's truly one of the great stories of this generation...and a great defense of zookeeping, to boot!

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I liked this book. It was different for sure, but  I couldn't put it down.

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:11 PM ET
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I loved it... wonderful book.

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:12 PM ET
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LOL Jan it's hard to discuss the ending...don't want to spoil it for anyone!

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:53 PM ET
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i just requested this (well, i did last night).

i'm such a huge fan of animals that the premise fascinates me.  thanks for the recommendation!  :D

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 3:13 PM ET
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LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 8:05 AM ET
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I loved this book, it's one of my favorite books of all time.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 11:45 PM ET
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I had an absolutely hard time getting into it.  Loved/hated the middle (was grossed out and couldn't read it yet couldn't put it down at the same time) absolutely hated the ending...thought it could stand without the second ending.  I mean let the reader figure it out and put it in the book and have high school students/college students of the future figure out all the advanced symbolism instead of ruining it for people like me who just wanted to think of it in the unrealistic animals and my imagination in its own fantasy world, as opposed to the boring reality of the news.  I hate books like this.  Let me figure out things as I read as opposed to holding my hand and explaining all the lose ends at the end.  Book 3 of the harry potter series is my least favorite for the same reason.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 1:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2006
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The Life of Pi is so far from any genre I normally read that I was very hesitant going in but I loved it. I have a keeper copy and one I keep on hand to loan. I loved the fantasy/reality of the story and felt that the ending still left the reader to decide which they favored. I agree David V....It's truly one of the great stories of this generation...



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Date Posted: 6/1/2008 8:56 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2008
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Life of Pi is my favorite book. I won't even post my copy here because I know I'm going to want to read it again. I love the whole animal aspect of it to be sure, but my favorite thing was Pi's embracing of various religions.
Date Posted: 6/1/2008 9:05 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2008
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I tried to post a link and can't, but Amazon has a really great deal on the duluxe illustrated hardback copy of this book. I think its like 4.80. You can't beat that price for such a nice book. Just go to amazon and do a search!

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Kathy, I'm so glad someone else thinks everyone should interpret the ending individually.  I  favored the first ending, but my best friend just knew it had to be the second ending.  And we're still friends.

I also enjoyed the religous tolerance and practices at the beginning.  Too bad there aren't more people in the world like Pi; we'd not have so much war.  I did get very weary of the lost-boat-at-sea.  Same BF said that was to make us all feel like we were stranded in the lifeboat.

I HOPE I'm not giving anything away; it's on the back of the cover.

S -
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 5:22 PM ET
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I liked it, but it didn't top my list of books to read. I found the end interesting, and some of the imagery interesting, but there were some lulls for me.  

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 6:58 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2005
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Here is the link to the Amazon.com page with the illustrated Life of Pi. I own it and it is a beautiful book.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Pi-Illustrated-Yann-Martel/dp/0151013837/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212447390&sr=1-3

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 7:28 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2008
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Thank you Toni. I don't know why I couldn't post it.

 

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 12:46 AM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2006
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I just bought this book at a thrift shop for 75 cents and I wasn't sure if I should post it or put it on my huge TBR pile.  I guess after seeing that so many people loved it, loved it, loved it, I'll give it a shot and see if I'm in the love it or hate it group.  Thanks for the comments - I always forget to look thru these forums.