Life of Pi
An amazing story about a boat, a boy and a tiger.
After a tragic shipwreck, a solitary lifeboat is left at the mercy of the wild blue waters of the Pacific. The only survivors are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, an orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Pi must survive the extremes, fierce thunderstorms, the blazing sun, lack of food, the continuous battle for water, and to survive what no other person has before, to live with a tiger on a lifeboat.
I reckon that this has to be one of my favourite books ever. The story is so outrageous that it seems real. I'm not sure how that is possible, but it is. A few of my friends thought that the story was true, which just proves how well this book was written. It is one of the best examples of courage, belief, wonder and hope.
I normally don't like this type of writing style, a recount with references to the past and future, but in this book, it was done so well that I fell in love with it. How the author writes like Pi recounting his life is amazing, and this way, you can feel the true power of Pi's journey.
I thought that the island was slightly disturbing, but without the island, you know that Pi would of died. Having a carnivorous island with millions of meerkats was so creative, I wouldn't of come up with anything like it (especially the meerkat part).
This book is truly a marvel of creation, it brings light to the darkness, and gives hope to those in need.
-The ending gets you thinking really deeply about what is the truth
-Changes your view on survival, and allows you to truly see what horrible things people survive
Reader reviewed by Rachelle
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I don't normally read books more than once, but I reread Life of Pi. This is a great book for discussion - perfect for book clubs. I believed the whole story, and it was interesting to chat with others who thought the story was as they suggest it was at the ending. The plant island Pi lands on haunts me - what a crazy place. I found myself cheering for the tiger (can't remember his name). After reading this book, you will never look at food, water, shelter or companions the same again.
even though it doesnt talk about the delicious pastry,take a look at this!!!
Reader reviewed by Sarhahahahahaha
I first had to read this book for my english class and it ended up being totally awsome!! i read it three times.its this amazing story about a boy who gets stuck in a boat with a tiger and all the crazy stuff that happens to him before he gets back to civilization! this book is serious and intresting.and if you like animals then it gives you a great many of ideas of how to train a tiger! besides all of that it has a philisofical thing going on that is totally trippy.so check it out if your realigous and you like animals!
Reader reviewed by Lippincote
I was attracted to this book for many reasons including the cover, which shows a small boy trapped on a lifeboat with a 450 pound tiger.
This small boy is Pi Patel, who has spent the first part of the novel exploring his religious beliefs. He then - as another reviewer has stated - gets to become God. Or does he?
His family are lost in a shipwreck, while traveling to Canada with their small zoo. Pi survives and, in a moment of weakness, helps on board his small life raft a tiger, named Richard Parker.
Richard Parker is not a Disney tiger. There is no friendship between man and beast, only appeasement. Vegetarian Pi has to kill, or allow to be killed, other innocent animals in order to feed the tiger and save himself.
And who is this tiger? Does he even exist? Is he, rather than Pi, God? Or is he just Pi's own survival instincts manifested in a form the boy can deal with?
This is not a book for the faint hearted. One person I forced it on was appalled by the animal deaths, and refused to finish reading it. My son also refused to even begin the book, on the basis that there is virtually no action. Or at least no action that appeals to the average, active boy.
So The Life of Pi is not for jocks, the easily discouraged, or the overly sensitive. However, for an intelligent, older teen, who is able to do the work necessary to interpret this book, it could be life changing.
Analytical overview, deeper than I've found before.
Reader reviewed by "Ratburt"
I've been skimming all over the net to try and find a 'deep' analysis of Life of Pi for an English 12 essay. I haven't found one and thus I feel obligated to share what is, perhaps, something others do not see. The book claims to make one believe in God. So I read it through continually poking and prodding every line for this catalyst of creeds. I feel that as far as backing this purpose the book fullfills itself only in the first hundred and last hundred pages. First he becomes a node beckonning for God in as many facets as possible. He seems just to be incapable of not praying in every format he encounters. He ends up grabbing up something like four religions all at once, practicing them all. Of course his religious superiors are offended by this but what are they to him? Nothing for Pi Patel is to 'become God'. This is where the next hundred pages kick in. He turns to an utmost suffering that is so vain (aside from getting him to his new home) that it is not mentioned. By 'becoming God' I think what Yann Martel meant was that Pi would come to adhere with the natures of God. Such is a hefty claim. I could name a few people who seemed adhere with Godly natures, for one: Jesus. Perhaps Martel was trying to create the ultimate prophet: he has the followers who would strike him down given correct circumstances (Richard Parker) and the understanding voyage of life through the valley of death (his possibly infinitly painful voyage to mexico from his little green island). Atop of those measures there is, of course, the green island. It is survival but Pi wanted more: a thriving existence and such is the yearning of any Prophet to be shared with all. In a way Pi Patel really could have become the latest 'big thing' in the religious world. He could even have his own zealots... mmmmm zealots. I wish I had zealots. Now for my final point: on page 352, thirteenth line down, Yan Martel's central purpose of the novel comes together. It becomes manditory that at the end of all crisis when all is gone and threats nolonger arise there will be something as fickle as opinion that will dictate such a massive decision thereby stating that where humanity goes so does God.
Reader reviewed by Diana
The Life of Pi is the story of a boy who ended up stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean with a tiger. In the begining of the story their were a few more animals but the tiger took care of all of them. :)
The book is a little hard to get into especially the first chapter but if you get past that it gets really interesting. Its defenitly not a light read but its worth the time.
The Amazing Survival Story
Reader reviewed by Ray
Trapped on a lifeboat, with a tiger, floating on the Pacific. A teenager's amazing story of survival. WARNING: if you are "weak of stomach" do not read this book. Otherwise this is a Ray's must read!