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Monday, July 19, 2010

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

I purchased a few books on impulse at the Dubai Airport while traveling to India. One of them was Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize.

This is one of the books that I had seen so often in book stores that I decided that the book must be worth the money. It is sort of hard to classify the book into a specific category. In wide terms the story is on adventure, religion, zoology, zoo keeping, India and small extents of Canada. :) Yes it is that diverse! In small ways I am even reminded of a Paul Coelho's way of writing.

The story begins with Pi Patel an Indian teenager born in a liberal minded family, who strangely though is ardently religious. Not just on Hinduism but also on Islam and Christianity. Pi lives in a zoo owned by his father in Pondicherry. While his parents struggle to cope with Pi's strange belief's, situations force them to migrate to Canada. As the whole family crosses the Pacific on a cargo ship along with their zoo animals, the ship sinks. All that remains in a life boat are Pi, a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and Richard Parker - a 450pound Bengal tiger.

The rest of the story is about how Pi beats the odds and survives his cast away life for 227 days! The final version of his story though is heart wrenching.

Life of Pi made quite some impression on me. I even had tigers in my dream for a couple of nights :). I can actually re-read this book. Good one!

8 comments:

~ Lopa said...

:) :) I hope those tigers didn't scare you.
Hope you are having a nice time in India :)

Jessica said...

I really enjoyed this book too!

thamarai said...

Lopa, haha! :) No I managed..I am back actually. I came back on Saturday...

Jessica, thats great! :)

~ Lopa said...

Hey you are back ! yeyy ! :)
So when are we meeting?

~ Lopa said...

Ohh yes....and Congrats :)

Orangesplaash said...

I read this book a couple of years back and its indeed an inspirational story. Now, you have made me miss Indian book shops thamarai :)

Invader_stu said...

I bought this book a while back and I still have to read it. I'm so behind on my reading and have a big pile of books waiting for me.

thamarai said...

Lopaa! yes we must meet? when is ur UK vacation? shall we do it before or after that?

and Thanks! :)

Orangesplaash, great book uh?! I am sure when you go back for a visit, you can grab a bunch of the books..:)

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