I read Life of Pi about 6 months ago and it still has a profound effect on me. At times, I will think about Pi, Richard Parker, and even Orange Juice and wonder how they would react to certain situations. The narrator's child-like voice with his Indian accent brought the story to life. Even after the tsunami tragedy, I instantly thought of Pi and Richard Parker...only to realize...duh, there were just characters in a book. I love this book. It has made me believe in the resilience of the human spirit.
The author describes Pi's unusual life as a shipwreck survivor in a very enjoyable style. The detailed explanations are so real that he fools you into believing this is a true story. I was completely duped (in a good way).
Don't wory! He's safe in the imagination of each person who loves this book.
Every religion, every culture, and every individual interprets experience and
shapes a reality. Is one more valid than another? Is one "better"? This story argues for a version that enables the believer to not only survive physically, but to use his inner resources, even his more dangerous psychic tools, to emerge whole, with his love of life and God intact.
I enjoyed the dialects brought out by listening but thought it was too slow at times.
The story of an Indian boy's adventure at sea is intelligent, thoughtful, occasionally suspenseful, sometimes witty, and always sincere. It is impossible to explain why this simple tale has such impact on the listener. Pi presents opinions that are not common, but they are convincingly held. Young Pi is always insightful. He sees his surroundings, his predicaments with humbling clarity.
The reader is first rate. He has the most wonderful Indian-accented British tongue and this gives this wild ride irresistible verisimilitude. Bravo!
Characters come alive in this beautifully read masterpiece. Jerry Parker has joined our family, after the kids listened to part of it with me on a long drive.
Highly recommended, probably better than in print.
I must be missing something. Soooooo many reviewers say to hang on till the end, but that is where I thing it failed. I loved most all of this book, but the ending. The author even has the nerve to state in the book that he loves tight, clean endings, and this is anything but.
I also don't see the super religious stuff that others see. A person stranded on a boat turning to God...not a shocker.
Let me be clear, this is a real good book, I just wish the ending was clean and tight.
This book started slow but having been warned I kept with it. Once the family begins their move to Canada I could not stop listening. One of the more interesting books I have heard/read in some time.