I'm no kid, but I do live next to a cranberry bog.
This book was absolutely wonderful and riveting -- until what I felt was a very disappointing finish. Did Pi really cross the ocean with Richard Parker, or was it just a dream? Did Richard Parker shoot J.R. Ewing?
The Life of Pi was recommended by friends who thought that I would have an enjoyable theological experience with this extended allegory. The book sunk as soon as the ship sunk in the beginning of the book. A survival story of life on a raft with a tiger, an orangutan, a zebra, flying fish, provisions..., was boring as a story and boring as a metaphor. Within two of the 227 days at sea, the reader/listener knows that neither Pi nor his companions have any fictional value of themselves but are always forced to stand for something else. The metaphorical message, that all of life is inter-related and indeed one and that all belief systems are road maps to the same ontological end, is not carried by the allegorical story. Effective allegory is an engaging discovery rather than a forced-fed message. I wanted this book to be entertaining and inspiring. It wasn't.
Not only a great book, but extremely well read! Time flies by as you go from work to home and the other way around, while you're submersed in this ultimate survival fantasy... or is it?
I couldn't finish this book. I listened to most of it but found the parts about the animal deaths painstakingly drawn out and detailed. I even fast forwarded through some portions trying to bypass but it just kept on coming. Other than that I enjoyed what I heard.
A little slow at the beginning, but keep listening...once this story got going, I didn't want it to stop. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen each day to and from work. So incredible and rich with detail and feeling, I thought it must be a true story.
Jeff Wood does an excellent job bring the character of "Pi" to life in this wonderful fiction. It is so well written that at times I forgot it was fiction and had actually happened. It does start out a little slow, but that is necessary to lay the foundation upon which the story develops. I really enjoyed this book and recommended it to everyone I know.
I saw the review that said this book started a little slowly. It was true, but it did all tie together eventually. Once they hit the sea, all was saved! Great story, great reading, made my commute seem to go by in minutes. I've given this book to a friend.
This was an excellent book. It was so good that part of the way through I was wishing I had bought the book and read it instead of downloading it. Hindsight. You'll love it.