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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I could not put this book down. Excellent tale that combines humor, tragedy, religion and animal behavior. The story begins with an Indian zookeeper who decides to relocate his family and several zoo animals to Canada. The novel progresses fairly normal until the cargo ship sinks. I cannot give too much detail without giving the story away, however, the younger teenage son of the zookeeper is the only survivor....along with an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a tiger. This unlikely group is thrown together on a single lifeboat. These animals are not domesticated pets! Some of the situations on the lifeboat are appalling and tragic while at the same time the telling of this tale is hilarious. This is an extremely well written tale of survival. It is very believable and contains well researched animal behavior discussions. There is a twist to the parable at the end that will leave you shocked and questioning what you have read. You will have to read this one to believe it! I would highly recommend this book for a reading club or church study group!