Let me just start off with an apology: this was one of the few books I read after I watched the movie. All the literary greats can shun me for what I’ve done, and I regret it. My mom always asks me why I read books and then watch the movie, saying ‘it ruins the ending of the movie’. To this I have no words. As you all have read before in my post about reading comprehension, I kind of have to watch the movie if I don’t understand the book, which is usually all of the time. That’s what I love about reading, the mystery that my brain can’t ever figure out.
Yann Martel is a superb author. The style that he writes with is uncanny and I love the way his sentences are kind of choppy, but artful. It just somehow makes him seem intelligent and articulated. The story starts out with an author’s note, describing how he was experiencing some writer’s block before composing this novel and how he came about to writing this one. It is about a man named Piscine Molitor Patel, Pi for short because of some people who teased him in school, and his life on the family zoo in Pondicherry, India and an adventure he endured when he and his family were moving to Canada. Having already see the movie, I knew what was going to happen. (*SPOILERS* but my blog is a never ending spoiler so you shouldn’t be surprised). While on their way to Canada with a majority of the animals, the boat mysteriously sinks, with Pi, a tiger named Richard Parker, a zebra, and a hyena being the lone survivors. Eventually, it’s just Pi and the tiger left, with Pi wondering how he will survive on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with a tiger on board.
What’s great about the dialogue in this book is that it seems that Pi is telling the story specifically to Martel, when he really is just talking to the main narrator. This makes it almost seem like a nonfiction novel, or a biography. So far, I’m really liking this book, but I still regret watching the movie first because now I have a permanent picture of the characters and scenes in my head, so I can’t make up my own.