The book begins slowly, with seemingly irrelavent intermittant dialogues with a 'narrator'; presumedly the fictional author of the tale. Evenutally the book evolves into an enthralling story (as soon as the character takes to sea) that challenges preconceptions of reality, experience, and memory.
I LOVED this book. I can see why some reviewers have said that it got a slow start, but that narrative I thought made the main story line (a man surviving at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger) somewhat believable.
I also can't imagine having read this book rather than hearing it as an audio book. I loved the narration. It was beautifully done and I can still hear Pi's voice in my head as my mind keeps bringing up some of the images from the book as well as some of its lessons.
This book was a little difficult to get involved with, but once into the book it was excellent.
I enjoyed every minute and the great descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells experienced by Pi. I felt like I was actually with Pi.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I think this book takes you on a trip to a different world and forces you experience the journey
If you can read through the first bit, you should have no problem finishing it. The book is so well described it is almost like you're with Pi on his journey.
I loved this book. I loved the creativity of it, and the ending. Or possible alternate stories one can come up with. I went on to read more about the author online and read up on his take on the book. Very interesting. I still think about Pi to this day, even though it's just a character in a novel. The psychological trauma he went through still pains me to this day, as a reader! I certainly don't look at tigers the same way anymore!
I had browsed this title at the book store and the synopsis seemed very interesting. I bought the audio version and listened for well over two hours before the first glimpse of the book description came into play. The first segment of the book does carry a lot of importance throughout the rest of the main story, so be patient with this one and stick with it :)
This is one of those books that MUST be discussed with a fellow reader. The prose is excellent and the narrator brings it alive. My husband and I both loved it, and spent too much time in the driveway to savor every last bit of the chapters before going into the house. A must read-must share book.
Life of Pi has good writing and creative storytelling. I enjoyed the narration and the story made me think. I knew from the bookjacket that the story starts with a boy, a tiger, a zebra, a hyena and an orangutan in a lifeboat and that soon it's just the boy and the tiger. Being an animal lover, I didn't like, however, the excruciating detail regarding the deaths of the other animals. Those parts would have been best left to the imagination. Other than that, an amazing work of fiction.
Not since "One Hundred Years of Solitude" has a story captured my heart, mind, and imagination. Beautifully written, hysterical, touching, moving,educational. Life at it's worst the soul at it's best.
I listened to this audio book on my commute to work, the smile on my face, the wonder in my eye, my laughter escaping to the suprise of my travel companions. Loved it Loved it Loved it. A MUST LISTEN
It's a fun story to read, very insightful as well, esp. Pi's idea of zoo and of religion. However, I was not completely satisfied with the ending of the book, Part III was somewhat long and felt out of place...it wasn't very strong...but so close to perfection...so close