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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Reading this immediately following The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins I expected to be a bit cynical of the we-are-all-brothers-in-faith tone. However, Martel has found an original and convincing voice in Pi and his unique tale of an intimate spiritual journey. The author disarms by focusing on the similarities in belief systems rather than the differences. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book is the ease in which Martel weaves the inspirations of different religions together througout. From Pi's feelings of persecution being compared to that of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to his perceived sufferings being likened to a crown of thorns, to his invocation of the goddess of wealth, Lakshimi, to 'favor him bountifully'.

This book did not make me believe in God as it claims, but it did renew my appreciation for a well- written allegory.