Noted author, noted narrator, all the ingredients for a great book? You'd think...
If there is anything worse than the brainless dribble of someone trapped in their own depression, it is having Meg Ryan narrate it. There is literally an entire chapter on how hard it is to deal with a bank. Another chapter on Identity Theft? Try, a failure to pay your bills...
I can't believe I finished this.
Hearing Meg Ryan whine has got to be the most obnoxious sound on the planet.
This book was only published because the names alone could make it profitable. There was no story. None.
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.
When I first started reading this book early Saturday morning, I did not realize that I would end up neglecting food, shower, bathroom, and sleep for a full 16 hours.
This gripping tale in the quest for the Holy Grail perfectly captures the reader with the main character who, like the reader, is completely unaware of the adventure in store. Brown has character development down to an art and is an expert at providing the reader with information only when appropriate.
I enthusiastically encourage all to share this original and engaging novel!
This book was a fun read for a adolescent audience, but left something to be desired for a more mature audience. While the style was engaging, the story line merely borrowed from other loved legends, and other less know tales. Further, the author has some growing to do in timing. The plot evolved over the entire book leaving the ending rushed and anti-climactic. The characters in persona and in name not only resemble, but mirror characters other fantasy and sciencfiction books, and are simply introduced to each other.
The author's peers may enjoy this read, but I look forward to his ripening. He definitely shows promise, but is as of yet, no prodigy.
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