Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Book Review: Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Synopsis - After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.  The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female oraang-utan...and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

Review - An admirable winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002.  I loved this story of a young boy's bravery, wit, intelligence and willingness to fight to live.  What wonderful imagination to deliver a story such as this!  I liked the introduction, scene setting, the insights into Pi's education and family life.  I also liked the ending leaving the reader wondering if this was one boy's use of imagination to keep himself alive but of course, we all believe him don't we!  The only disappointment was that Richard Parker walked off into the Mexican jungle and the reader can feel Pi's pain and bereft feelings.  Well recommended. 4*

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