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Life of Pi (Part Two)

This book was fantastic, and I can now see what all the hype was about. I love Martel’s style of writing and the way he just puts his story together, and how it seems that he is part of the story, even though it is fiction. The story picks up from my part one post were the ship sinks and Pi is left out on the Pacific Ocean in the close quarters of a Bengal tiger. It turns out that Pi was stranded for 227 days, 7 months! When watching the movie it didn’t seem that he was out there this long. Pi tries to train the tiger named Richard Parker to respond to him, and in turn, not devour him. Days go by on the lifeboat. Near the end of the novel, Pi and Richard Parker stumble upon an island that has no vegetation other than algae, and no animals other than meerkats. Pi stays there for a few days, and says he wouldn’t mind living there forever, until he comes across something horrific. Dead fish have been cropping up in small freshwater ponds throughout the island and Pi realizes the island is acidic, with the ability to nocturnally kill anything. He finds this out after finding the dead fish and a complete set of teeth on the island. Pi eventually reaches Tomatlan, Mexico, traveling a whopping total of 10,000 miles in all, and a total of 2,000 miles away from his destination before the shipwreck, Winnipeg, Canada. In the end, Pi is interviewed by two men from the Japanese Ministry of Transport about his story and the cause of the shipwreck. They don’t believe the true story that Pi tells them, so he makes one up but they decide the first is more believable.

Life of Pi was a really great read. I love how it seems that the author is included in the story through the narrative and it made it a different type of storytelling, like mixing life with fiction (even though all fiction is based on life). Martel really knows how to use his words, whether its making the reader feel the monotony of Pi’s journey on the sea, anxiousness from the fact that Richard Parker could eat him, or just completely grossed out by some of the descriptions that are in the novel. However the author makes you feel, his words have an amazing impact. After all, “Words have no calories.”

Life of Pi (Part 1)

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Picture from: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/322102-life-of-pi-3d-blu-ray-review/

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.