Book Review of Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3


This is a very interesting, thoughtful book, without being terribly preachy. The main character, Pi, takes you though thoughts about the relevance of zoos, religion, how to survive at sea, and some fundamental similarities between very disparate animal species, among other topics.

The beginning of the book can get a bit bogged down, but it sets up the author's factual-based writing style for the rest of the book and gives a thorough background into Pi.

The killing of the animals may seem grotesque to some (and if you can't get through that part, there's an "Ewwww" moment later on that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like). But like the rest of the book, it is told in a factual (even somewhat funny) way. It's not Disney. In the real world, animals eat other animals, and they aren't kind about it.

I wouldn't read this story to a child, but many adults would really enjoy it.

Edit, Sept. 2012: The amazing director Ang Lee is going to release this as a movie late this year! I'm excited to see it, but considering how so much of the story is internal, I'm not sure how well it will translate to the big screen.