The animal and zoo information might make a good documentary, assuming it is true. "Pi" did not understand any of the 3 religions he followed. Each of the 3 contradicts the other 2 in their understanding of God. They could all be wrong but they can't all be right. If this is the author's view, his thinking is less than clear. The author is a creative writer. For me, the book was not as good as the recomendations indicated.
While I enjoyed the animal psychology aspect of it, it just goes on and on and on. Finally, I gave up and stopped listening.
This book was slow to start for me. I was not interested in the book to begin with and the accent of the reader/voice made it hard for me to understand at times. I forced myself to listen to the book because I paid lost of money, the book started to make sense and I became very interested. Good book - Slow start.
It is imparative that you start this book nearly exactly halfway through, about when Pi boards the boat America. If not, you will end up not finishing the book which would be a shame. Once Pi embarks on his actual adventure Martel draws an imaginative world that raises eyebrows and teases common sense.
Nothing in the first half of the book is necessary except to know that Pi was once taught to fear and respect the tiger, and that his father owns a zoo. Beyond that, skip it and you will join a young man on a truly unbelieveable adventure.
I had this book on my wish list for a long time before I bought it. It didn't seem like it would appeal to me, but the reviews from other listeners finally "sold" me. I found the book very boring. It started slowly and ended strangely. I don't see what the attraction was to merit such great reviews. I wish I hadn't bought it.
Too bad. I was engaged throughout most of the book; personal relationships, science, zoology, religious philosophy; east indian culture, etc. The story, fortunately or unfortunately (I'm not sure which) became more and more fantastic and then from the point of the island experience through the twist in storylines at the end I felt cheated and even used. I can appreciate a good unexpected storyline but it felt rather disingenuos of the writer and didn't really fit with any of the rest of the book. This along with the fact that the writer was not consistent with Pi's philosophical and other views throughout (e.g., the comment about how horrible Japanese whale fishing is juxtaposed against his own and the Tiger's carnivorous ways) was disappointing. I got something from it and will not de-recommend. Nuff said.
This book started interestingly, but slow. Mid-way through, I was hooked! The book was fantastic and has left me thinking about it still. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an unusual and interesting story.
I am amazed so many found this book "magical". I found it replete with newage bombastic pontifications of philosophic pomposity coupled with supercilious boring repetition which leads me to think he was paid by the word! It was as if he regurgitated everything he could think of about everything he talked about. Next time I read "stick it out and you will be rewarded in the end", I will rather listen to my gut feelings...don't waste your time. PI is not 3.14 but a 1.0! The only good thing about this book was that it ended and that was a long tedious time coming.
This book is not as clever as it pretends to be actually, the wordplay and puns are more juvenile and don't really mesh with the story. If fact, he doesn't really know how to tell a coherent story with believable and likable characters. What a pity. This book has been much overhyped by people who don't know what good literature is.