Life of Pi

Off course, the name of the book appealed to me. I read an online review of this book and was shocked to read the plot. The book is bout a boy named 3.14 Patel or Pi Patel 😀 . The first part of the book is mildly philosophical when Pi is attracted to all the 3 religions, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. He points to the common good in all the 3 religions and also depicts the contrast in all the three. The second part and the central story of the book is Pi being a castaway in a lifeboat with a 450Lbs Bengal Tiger and surviving it for 227 days and nights. 

Yann Martel being a master story-teller keeps the readers on edge of the seats till the end. The narration is very interesting and unique, the story being told by the Author but as a first hand report from Pi. The story even though is very imaginative and involves extraordinary sequence of events is kept credible by the storyteller. I wasn’t impressed by the narration in first part where Pi who is just a kid takes in all the 3 religions. The way its told isn’t too convincing but the thoughts that the Author tries to convey are really commendable. He actually makes up for more than that in the next part. Pi survives for 227 days on a life boat with a Bengal tiger aboard. The best part of the story that I liked is that Richard Parker remains a tiger, a beast till the very end. Author never tries to make it human in any way which makes the story very believable, convincing and extraordinary at the same time.

The other best part of the book is off course the narration, the narration is from point of view of a teen age boy from Pondicherry. The author had done an extraordinary job in achieving this. By the time you finish this book , you will find it hard to believe that this story is not written by a Teenage Indian boy but Its written by a Foreign author. The English is kept very simple typical of a south Indian boy, The thought flow is kept very typical of a teenage kid and even the mundane stuff like dreaming of Dosa, chutney, being veggie and very minute things is taken care of. The story indeed gives a feel of being written by a south Indian teenager. If I tell you this is a chapter from Malgudi days, You might agree/believe.

An extraordinary stage set for the story gives many lessons to readers. Things like adaptability of humans and the survival instinct of humans forms the core of the book. There is a time when Pi is even tempted to eat tiger’s excreta and the way author explains it, readers will feel pity for him and not disgust. Brought up as a vegetarian from childhood, Pi resorts to drinking turtle’s blood and eating sea gulls brains for survival and everything sounds believable. Even when everything that matters to Pi perishes in front of him, his whole world literally sinks in front of him, He has the will to survive. The author’s research on the animal’s psychology is awesome and the next time i visit a Zoo, I will sure remember everything that I have read. The part where he explains that animals in zoo are actually happy and it’s not cruelty to them is extremely very well written.

The end of the story was the most unexpected part of the book. The book is being adapted into a movie and Manoj night Shyamalan has rejected because of the climax of the book .

Excerpt :

“I was alone and orphaned, in the middle of the Pacific, hanging on to an oar, an adult tiger in front of me, sharks beneath me, a storm raging about me. Had I considered my prospects in the light of reason, I surely would have given up and let go of the oar, hoping that I might drown before being eaten. But I don’t recall that I had a single thought during those first minutes of relative safety. I didn’t even notice daybreak. I held on to the oar, I just held on, God only knows why. “
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One Response to “Life of Pi”

  1. Nitin G K Says:

    Oh I loved this one!

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