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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This is the best book I've read in a very long time. It's not just a tale - if you read it that way, the beginning will be boring and the end will be irritating and maybe disappointing. The book is a profound portrayal of the human reality of stories, how it isn't always enough to ask "was it true?", because the "false" story contains human truths that "just the facts" can't express. This is why the author says it's a story that will make you believe in God - human experience is inevitably more than just the facts of what happens. Usually I HATE books that claim that truth is relative, it doesn't matter whether something is true or false, all that matters is your beliefs, or some such "truthiness" drivel. Likewise books that insist that religious writings are "literal truth." This book was not like that. Truth is not relative, nor does belief equal truth. It's just that Truth includes more than "just the facts."