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.”