Life of Pi

Audio Book (CD) | May 9, 2012

byYann MartelRead byJeff Woodman, Alexander Marshall

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Martel's novel tells the story of Pi—short for Piscine—an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi's father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg and Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Life of Pi brings together many themes including religion, zoology, fear, and sheer tenacity. This is a funny, wise, and highly original look at what it means to be human.

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Martel's novel tells the story of Pi—short for Piscine—an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi's father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, ...

YANN MARTEL was born in Spain in 1963 to diplomat parents. He grew up in Alaska, Canada, Costa Rica, France, and Mexico before settling in Montreal. His novel Life of Pi won the Booker Prize.Alexander Marshall has also done the reading for "Bagombo Snuff Box". He is a contributor for HighBridge Company.JEFF WOODMAN originated the title...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:690 pages, 5.88 × 5.13 × 0.94 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:Highbridge CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth The Read I would bring this book to work and would read it on 15 minute breaks. Most of the time I didn't want to put it down at the end of the break. It is a great read!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC Martel is an amazing story weaver. He tells a breath taking tale that captures every bit of your imagination. Only to blow your mind making you want to re-read this story instantly after to see what you've been missing the whole time the first time through. I cannot recommend this book enough and it deserves all the awards and accolades and more which it receives.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! This book had a slow start but I recommend to push through it, the book becomes so intriguing. Absolutely amazing!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I Read This It took me ten years to finally read this book because for some reason I thought it was a fantasy book and never really looked further into it. My mistake! I'm so glad I've finally read this. I found the beginning of the story to be a little slow, but stick with it - the scenes when Pi is trapped on the lifeboat are amazing. At the beginning of the book, the narrator says that the story he's about to tell will change the way you think. I was skeptical about what that might mean, but by the time I'd finished the book (and for a while after), the story was in my thoughts (without giving anything away). Read this is you want a good story that will make you do some thinking.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action-packed The reader is immersed into an adventure of survival with the protagonist with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I rally enjoyed this book! Slow to start, but then I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing. Though I found this book had a very slow start, after the first few chapters I was fully immersed in the story. It was a life changing read, and so very moving. I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I surprised myself by loving this book! It contains discussion on religion, meaning (as in how we understand the world), and truth. The majority of this book goes into great detail about how the main character survives while being lost at sea, yet Martel somehow kept my attention the entire time and I was greatly moved by the ending. A worthwhile read!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful read This book takes you on a journey - it's written beautifully and I love the adventure Patel goes on. You are constantly questioning the reality of it, and rooting for this young boy to survive. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was okay This was fascinating to read, but it starts out kind of boring. It isn't until he gets on the boat that it gets more interesting.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, but not for me This was fascinating to read, but it starts out kind of boring. It isn't until he gets on the boat that it gets more interesting.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Be patient, it gets better! This may try your patience until he is on the boat. The story from there gets more interesting and has a lot to teach the reader. Martel is a strong writer and your time with the protagonist and Richard Parker will give you a lot to think about.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Had to read it in class. Great book to analyze and enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Became an instant classic and rightly so A must read in modern times and I'm sure it will stand the test of time. Re-readable, though provoking and wonderful.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book, just not for me. This was not mt favourite book, simply because I had a hard time grasping the content I tend to like books that are more realistic. That said, this book is an amazing piece of literature. It is stunningly written, and captures the essence of the imagination. It will captivate you, and take you on a journey.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel Beautiful, well-written, captivating. If you like descriptive writing and plot twists with a hint of magic, you will love this book.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book One of my favourite books to date. I have read it numerous times again since highschool. A must-read for highschool students and adults!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I had to read this book in high school but probably will never read it again. It was a long read and dragged on at points. Overall the story was quite interesting and thought-provoking
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing a great book. loved it more then I thought I would
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this novel! Even though, I haven't met a novel I haven't loved, this one surprised me. I heard tons of people complaining about the book, but I loved it. I had to read it for class but I could NOT put it down. Martel is an amazing story writer.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great Very boing and hard to get into #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets better with age I read this as a teen and really enjoyed it, but it wasn't until I picked it up again in my late twenties that I really became enthralled. I felt as though I was on the boat, living every moment with the protagonist. If you've read it before, read it again. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The ending completely blew my mind.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. Great, even. The bane of high school english teachers everywhere. For a reason, for sure. But for good reason? Certainly.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoy! I adore you, Life of Pi. I have so many friends that adore you too, and I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND YOU TO THE WHOLE WORLD. Everyone, grab a copy of this and the movie, and spend a few days (or binge it all into one) and enjoy. Thank you, Yann Martel and the publisher.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life of Pi Little long winded in places, but still a delightful read.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from life of pi incredible story, takes a while to figure out, enjoyed more the second time i read it.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED LOVED LOVED IT I loved this bbok. All its quirks and fantastic creatures. I remember to this day where I was when I realized who/what Richard Parker was. One of the best moments in a book ever! And the ending was superb.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling A very captivating and through provoking novel. I did have a bit of an issue with the ambiguous ending, but definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Canadian Classic This isn't one of my favourite books of all time, but I certainly enjoyed it. It made me think, as all good reading experiences do. I don't have a problem with ambiguous endings. There was also some humour, which was nice.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is officially one of my favourite books without a doubt. It's worth reading if you like learning about new cultures told in an interesting perspective that can be both touching and funny and truly emotional.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I had no idea what this book was about going into it and I really enjoyed it. It has a pretty good message at the end but I can see how some people might get frustrated by the ending.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I want to love this book I love the story however the actual writing just isn't for me, I found it incredibly hard to get through #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! This book was something different, really liked it!!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good Good not great
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like it. I heard good things about it but was not impressed.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Life of Pi I heard plenty of good reviews about this book and finally got around to reading it after some time. I didn't enjoy it in the slightest.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Story is deep, complex and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All-Time Favourite Book If I had to chose my favourite book ever, Life of Pi would be it (and I've read a lot of books...). I read it when it was first released, and have read it several times since - I always take away something different from this magical novel with each read even though I'm so familiar with the story. I think the ending of this book is one of the things that makes it truly incredible and would certainly recommend it as a must-read to everyone!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome My friend really liked this book and recommended it to me, so I bought it. I read it at first couple of years ago, but couldn't finish it. However when I decided to retry reading this book, I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I tried to finish it. The beginning was slow for me, but afterwards the book get better.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it A friend recommended this book to me. I was skeptical about reading it because I didn't think I would enjoy it. I'm glad I did! I have never read a book quite like it. The story was very captivating. I was hooked from beginning to end.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is really new and a really fresh read. It follows the life of Pi Patel after a shipwreck which claimed the life of his family and how he survived on a lifeboat, adrift the Pacific Ocean, for months, alone with a tiger. It's really interesting to read, and I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is very deep, emotional, and complex. I hear different reviews and people take it in differently, which I think is great. It makes you question many things about humanity, yourself, others, and nature.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once in a Lifetime It must be said again, this is an extraordinary novel. Yann Martel has crafted a true masterpiece, a once-in-a-lifetime book that will stand the test of time and live up to anyone's expectations. 'Pi' Patel, named after a swimming pool (!) begins life in India and works as a zookeeper's assistant for his father in the family zoo until the day his dad takes the family and some of the animals to America in an unsafe cargo boat. This novel describes what happens during that ill-fated crossing. It is a complex read. The events themselves are simple: the quotidian survival tasks he must perform to exist at all, let alone with Richard Parker on the ready are juxtaposed with his innermost thoughts on God, religion - indeed, all religions, in fact just about everything and anything you can think about on a long ocean voyage all by yourself! The movie was a surprise and was fairly good but the book is leaps and bounds better than the movie, as usual. Highly recommend to anyone who likes to think.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An instant favorite This book captivates you from the beginning to the end.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Give this book a chance... ...to change your life. One of the best adventure books I've ever read. The right amount of suspense and mystery, and a tantalizingly complex tale. Absolutely worth a read #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Coming of Age Story Disclaimer: I received this signed book as part of a Random House Facebook giveaway. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The beginning didn't grab me, and it was confusing as it shifted story lines, but once Pi's voyage started it became really fascinating. Once I got near the end, I kept reading without stopping because I didn't want to put the book down without knowing how it all ended. I wish I paid more attention to details as I read, but the descriptions made up for the times I started to skim lines. Pi's life following up to the main part of the story was a curious thing - and I couldn't help but think at the time that it was irrelevant - yet his exploration of religion and his relationship to animals and the zoo were intriguing. Once the voyage began, I knew the type of character he was and it was a great experience to be immersed in his character as he suffered through his trials. I didn't understand who the tiger was at first, as the name Richard Parker was thrown around as though it were an important man that Pi was betrayed by; it threw me off as it jolted me back and forth through story lines. But the relationship that Pi had with Richard Parker was interesting to see developed, and I wasn't expecting to enjoy his training of the tiger and his survival story as much as I did. One would think that discussing the day to day boring bits of surviving hundreds of days on a boat would be mind-numbingly boring, but everything was described so wonderfully that I found myself hoping, cheering, cringing, and grimacing along with Pi. The story made me think - think things like 'would I be able to kill and eat raw fish so easily?' or, more so, 'would I even be able to survive; could I make the necessary preparations to even try?' - and that was a nice change to just experiencing the story through someone else's eyes. My favourite part of the story was when Pi and the tiger arrived at the botanically impossible island. It was fascinating to see the poisonous algae and hilariously-unprepared-for-danger meerkats, as well as how Richard Parker explored the island and how Pi discovered the island's carnivorous secrets, survived his stay, and made the most of his time there. The end of their journey was too abrupt, and my skimming led to me missing what happened to Richard Parker - however, considering how it felt to Pi, too, I think it was a nice mistake that I made because it made me read back and experience it properly. It was both intriguing and boring when Pi was questioned at the end, and that kept me reading without putting the book down as it was an interesting combination of feelings. I felt indignant for Pi when the Japanese men didn't believe his story, but it was a nice touch to add the sense of doubt about his absurd journey. I didn't get much of a religious kick out of it, but the storytelling behind the journey itself was so amazing that I wondered what other normally boring things the author could describe that would keep me latched on for pages. I don't think I'd read this book again - at least not any time soon - but I'm glad that I finally got a chance to do so, because it was great to see what others found fascinating about it and it was a nice experience to think 'what if?' thoughts that involved me, instead of concepts, for once. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noah's Ark? This book, with it's focus on different religions and it's modern telling of Noah's Ark, makes me think it's some kind about the planet, or at least the Middle East - Noah's Ark being a part of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from hard read The story is not bad but english is not my first language and the book is full of technical boat vocabulary . . .
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoyed the journey that this book took me on. A great story about hope and sacrifice #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh. I wanted to like this book, I really did; I couldn't make it through. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right state of mind when I tried to read it, but I was just too bored to get past the first third or so. Maybe I'll give it another chance some day. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Love this author and all his books. Life of Pi is one of those books that read very smoothly. Not too much detail, but not too little either. As usual better than the movie hands down.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read! Life of Pi is an amazing story for children and adults alike. Captivating and mesmerizing, this book will always be one of my favourite books of all time. :)
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from capturing The story captures you from the first page to the last!
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Although this book got very interesting, it took me a while to get into it. The beginning was exceptionally long and drawn out and i found i had to force myself to keep reading.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book club book Starts kind of slow, but really picks up. Brings up interesting discussion points and is entertaining. I'm glad I read it before watching the movie.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible An absolutely beautiful book, the story of Pi amazed and intrigued me. I'll never forget his journey. Truly an incredible book.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't enjoy much. The character's adventurer and discovery is yet quite boring if there was no unexpected friend, tiger.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yuck I couldn’t stand this book but forced myself through to the end, hoping it would redeem itself. It didn’t. How this ever won a Booker prize is beyond me. Was it just time to give it to a Canadian?
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This compelling story is a must read! This story is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Your heart is in you throat, fearful as to what will happen next. I have read this story three times myself. I would recommend this book for all! It is a great read and will take you no time at all to get through it. I could not put it down and I promise you won’t be able to either!
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The plotting is ok, if you can make it past the first 100 pages. The fantastic elements and plotting of the story were interesting enough that I stuck it out until the end of the book. However, the first 100 pages are a pure SLOUGH. Most of the time, all I could hear was the sound of a shallow, and pointless treatise on spirituality that amounted to nothing more than "wow, aren't I deep?" The rest of the book is a perfectly acceptable leisure read. But truth be told, for the first third of the book all I could think was "GET ON THE BOAT. GET THEM ON THE BOAT."
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully inspiring The movie does not do justice (and the movie was pretty amazing, I'd say) The moment I picked up this book, I was lost in its story and the ending gave me a lot to think about. It's one of those stories that you will never forget.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Life of Pi I didn't enjoy the book. Forced through hoping it would get better
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bah I read this for high school English. I did not appreciate it, I doubt I ever will.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah Read this book for an undergrad course in 2006 and really enjoyed it. The shear amount of literary depth and style embedded within is impressive. Thematically, I found the story compelling for it's illustration of the world through the eyes of a youth, from his embrace of three religions and his drive to survive aided by imagination. Through these thematic areas the book raises some thoughtful comments on the nature of religion, what we do to survive, how we maintain our humanity, and the ability of youth to see what adults tend to miss or forget.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah I love this book better than the movie, it captured all the intriguing moments in the book that left you wanting more each chapter.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah A very nice story of a relationship under duress circumstances. Enjoyed the book recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bah I was enthralled with Martel's writing and how he captured the experiences Pi had on his voyage with such realism. A truly mesmerizing book and a book that is very thought provoking. L. Kidney
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bah I loved this book!!! It was a total page turner. The plot was refreshingly original. Everyone in my family read it and we all agree that it was our all time favorate. I rarely read a book twice but am going to read it again.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah Once you start reading you cannot put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah READ this with our book club, then saw the movie. I think both tell a good story, and I am not sure which one I like best.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah Fabulous novel more engrossing than the movie which I also adored
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bah Fabulous story. My teenage nephew found the first section to be very difficult, as it establishes the religious and philosophical setting. I found that section interesting and thought provoking. We both loved the rest of the book. And, lovely twist at the end.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Classic Read I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel just because the movie was coming out. I had also heard that is was an incredible read and wanted to see what all of the buzz was about. However, once I started reading, I found that I was disappointed with the novel and began to wonder if I just wasn’t getting what everyone else found so amazing. I believe that it had a great story line but as Pi was stuck in the middle of the ocean for most of the story I found it very slow. Sure, there is only so much you can write about a guy stranded on a boat with a tiger but I found the events a bit repetitive and uneventful. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and the end and thought it was beautifully written but found that I got bored during the middle portion. I think this section could have been cut down or written in more detail to keep the reader captivated and interested. It was incredible though to see how a teenager could keep themselves alive in the middle of the ocean with next to no supplies. I know I wouldn’t be able to do that! I believe that this novel is a hit or miss with readers. You either really love it or find yourself in my shoes thinking this novel is so-so. Don’t get me wrong; this is a novel that you must read and will soon be referred to as a classic. However, if you’re like me and like action-packed novels that just keep going and going, this novel may not be for you. In the end, even though I may not be a huge fan of this book, I would still recommend it. Who knows, maybe, like some of the people I know, this will become one of your favourite novels.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Regret I bought this Found the book tedious to read and not the kind of book that captured interest. The most interesting part was at the beginning about the zoo and the religions. Our book club read and all our members had the same perspective - however, we forced ourselves through the book based ono the fact that it was a Heather's Pick.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not Great Read for me Many people consider this book a classic and while the story is written very well and there's a good story here, I have to say that the first 100 pages were actually quite boring. The second half of the book was much more interesting and even then, when I got to the end I wasn't blown away. I saw the movie shortly after reading the book and this was one of the few times where I felt the movie was actually better than the book. It's a good read but not a must-read in my opinion
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Absolutely breathtaking novel. I couldn't put it down after starting it and had to see the movie as soon as it came out.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I cried , I laughed, makes one appreciate what you have...don't sweat the small stuff... it sure could be worse.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from could have been better..... i was expecting. it has great reviews. parts were slow and dragged a bit. on the other hand parts were extremely engaging and pulled you in. book is broken into 3 parts and each part has it's ups and downs. there's definitely a twist to the end that i don't think anyone would suspect. martel does an incredible job of painting a picture of the safe boat in the middle of pacific ocean. interesting read, but was expecting something else. combo of castaway, bear grllys and david suski stuck in the ocean.
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting read... I had been lamenting my inability to really "get into" any new books lately. I'd gone through half a dozen, at least! Starting them, struggling, just not feeling the magic and promptly replacing them on the bookshelf. I was just about ready to give in and resort to re-reading one of my old loves when I decided to give Life of Pi a chance. It was just the magic I had been seeking, devoured in a weekend. It is a lovely balance of adventure, human endurance and spirit, humour and a boy's love of life and God. Although certainly thought provoking (particularly at the end) it is not oppressively so. I will be adding Life of Pi to my "favourites shelf" along with my list of reccommended reads for friends, young and old.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Part Two & Three Felt part one was kinda dull and not really that significant yet we do get a sense of who Pi is as a character. The fun begins at part two. I really enjoyed reading this book but at times to do felt it was draggy but the ending definitely made up for the time. I really left me shocked and speechless. Overall a great book to read.
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best books I've ever read. This is a great adventure, and would be good to read even if you've already seen the movie, as the book has some much more detail about the relationship between Pi and Richard Parker, and about Pi's feelings. I'm not religious, and the book did not bog me down with religion at all, so don't be concerned with that . Just enjoy a well-written, interesting story, written by a Canadian!
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it!! I loved this book! Its a great story about a boy's survival through a terribly unfortunate event with only a tiger as a companion. Though the book does drag for a bit in the middle, it quickly picks up and becomes even more interesting near the end.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing There is no use in trying to provide a brief synopsis for this ravishing tale of a young boy from India left adrift in the Pacific in a lifeboat with a tiger who used to reside in his father’s zoo in Pondicherry. There is no use because once you finish the book you might decide that this was not, indeed, what the book was about at all. There is no use because, depending on your philosophical bent, the book will mean something very different to your best friend than it will to you. There is no use because it is nearly impossible to describe what makes this book so grand. Read this book. Not because it is an exceptional piece of literary talent. It is, of course. But there are many good authors and many good books. While uncommon, they are not endangered. Read this book because in recent memory - aside from Jose Saramago’s arresting Blindness – there have been no stories which make such grand statements with such few elements. As Pi says in his story “Life on a lifeboat isn’t much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn’t be more simple, nor the stakes higher.” It is the same with Martel’s undulating fable of a book about a boy in a boat with a tiger. A simple story with potentially life altering consequences for it’s readers.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great I finished reading Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, in four weeks. The book has been out for four years now, and I’ve wanted to read it ever since I first heard of it. Life of Pi is an incredible story of a 16 year old Indian boy that explains how he survived being on a lifeboat with a royal Bengal tiger, an orangutan, a hyena and a zebra for many months. Yann Martel keeps the story of Pi's long voyage moving at an interesting pace. This is a book worth reading if you ever have the chance.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Much too Soon Life of Pi is a story quite different from others I have read. It involves so many different themes and messages ranging from spiritual beliefs, the likeness between human and animal and our tendencies to "create" stories to restore hope into our lives. The spiritual side of the story was endearing because I struggle to find a common ground with religion too, as did Pi. The conclusion that Pi comes to, that relgion is love, gives me peace. Aside from that, this story is somewhat confusing because of the so frequent back and forth of narration between Pi and the author. It is also quite gruesome, so much so that it was hard to read. I recommend this book to readers with an open mind because this book discusses concepts that are sensitive such as religion.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I really enjoyed this book and it was an entertaining story. The idea of animals on a lifeboat somehow stabilizing into the equilibrium it did was the most interesting part, to me. But honestly, I'd have to say that this novel made me think about my beliefs... I liked it, but nothing really "moved" me in the story. I reccomend others to read this book if they want to get in touch with their spiritual side.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read This was an interesting read but sadly did not live up to the hype for me. it's a very unique book and I definitely had never read anything like this before but some of the content was a bit much for me.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book by great Canadian writer! Amazing book! The writing is engaging, and the plot is unpredictable. It's the kind of book that makes you go "wow" after you've turned the last page. The fact that Yann Martel is Canadian is a bonus.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for the faint of heart... Where do I start? The first section of the novel I found myself extremely bored and had a very hard time reading it. It is filled with page descriptions of things that need no more than a couple sentences to explain. I did not become attached to the character at all and I found myself wondering why this book received so much praise. I would give this section a 1 star rating. The second part of the novel is disgusting. Now, I am not squeamish by any means but I found reading a 3 page description on how to kill a turtle (for example) a bit much. The story becomes gruesome and MUCH too descriptive of things that will make your stomach turn. I do not want to give anything away, but be warned, if you do not like blood, guts and animal mutilation I would not read this book. The novel was very well researched and for the most part this section is well written and as such I would give this a section 2.5-3 star rating. I will say nothing about the third part as I wish not to spoil the book for people who have no read it yet, but I will say that the overall feel when I finished the book was disgust. This is not usually how I like to feel when I finish a novel. I will say that there were some parts of the book that I found myself interested in and the book is creative, I will give it that, but it was much like a rollercoaster filled with ups and downs. Overall I was disappointed in this book and I would not recommend it. I would not deem this book "terrible", I just felt the story could have been better. I feel the creativeness and acuracy of the animal portrayals did indeed save this book from a complete slandering on my part.
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too good not to be real If you had told me at the start of this book that I was going to read a story about a man living in a life boat for almost a year with a full grown Bengal Tiger, and that I was going to believe every word of it, I would have thought you were crazy. By the middle of the book, I found that I was so drawn into Pi's life, that I totally believed every word. That this had truly happened and that Pi had in fact lived with this huge, ferocious tiger. Even now, a few weeks later I am still convinced that this could have happened. I am not the only reader to fall under Mr. Martel's spell. Readers all over the world have been searching the internet for the location of the Pondicherry Zoo, and some in India and saying it would be a good move to start such a zoo. I didn't think I would be so captivated by a story about a man and tiger, but the descriptions of taming the tiger held me motionless. I listened to this as an audio book. At times I would arrive at my destination and sit in my car listening for a few more minutes rather than turn off the oratation. I was late for more than a few events as a result. I particularly enjoyed the section of the book when young Pi was visiting three different religious leaders and learning about Hindu, Christian and Muslim beliefs. I applaud Mr. Martel for his wonderful handling of this topic. He presented each relgion in a such a caring way that I could clearly see why Pi was attacted to each. A little more of this appoach in the real world could have profound positive impacts. I listened to the unabridged audio version by HighBridge Company. It was read by Jeff Woodman and Alexander Marshall. Length: 11 hours and 35 minutes.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Life of Pi was an unexpected love. Reading into the first few chapters of the novel I instantly fell in love with the character Pi. His unusual yet innocent nature allowed me to continue reading the book with great interest. Even though I found myself cringing with some of the very descriptive animal details I still refused to look away. The ending was a huge surprise to me! I started to question everything that happened which made it more enjoyable. Trust me when I say, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Cunning This fiction tells a remarkable story that is full of surprises and wonder. Written by an expect storyteller in such a way that makes everything even the unbelievable sound credible. The novel is divided in three sections: The first section recounts a fictional writer’s interaction with PI. Pi tells his childhood story of growing up as a son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry India and learning a lot about animals, their ways, emotions and traits. In his teens, on a quest to understand who God is, Pi immerses himself into the beliefs practiced by Christians, Muslims and Hindus. A tug of war erupts when the leaders of these religions groups discover Pi’s activities and Pi’s own brother sarcastically adds another aspect when he suggests that Pi should also embrace Judaism… Section two continues at a steady and interesting pace. Pi and his family decide to close the zoo and immigrate to Canada; the animals are placed in zoos around the world. The family and many animals are transported on a Japanese cargo ship, a trip that will open a whole new experience for each one of them. Not long into the voyage, disaster strikes and the ship sinks. Pi is cast adrift in a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. In this part of the story, the author dazzles us with literary prose captivating ones imagination to its extreme. The 227 days Pi spent at sea is a constant test of survival in cramped quarters…the ultimate cat and mouse scenario… In section three, Pi finally reaches the coast of Mexico where Japanese authorities are anxious to interrogate him on the loss of their ship. The Japanese investigators have trouble believing his story so Pi replaces each animal with human attributes and gives them names. At the end, the investigators are left totally confused and with conflicted opinions on what really happened. “Life of Pi “is a wonderful and cunning novel that is entertaining, eye opening and thought provoking.
Date published: 2010-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very interesting read! Interesting and creative story with lots of imagination. Take your time and enjoy the details that the story is filled with
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh Boy I don't know what everyone sees in this book. I thought it was A PAIN to read. I don't find it clever, and I hated the pace. That whole two-toed and three-toed sloth discription make me want to rip out my hair.
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beutiful Life of Pi is, thus far, the magnum opus of Yann Martel. Since its release in 2003 the beautifully tragic story of Pi has been retold countless times. Life of Pi is characterized by Martel's gorgeous blend of despair, hope, and wit. There is not a dull moment to be found from cover to cover; this novel begs to be read, and begs to be reflected upon and so it deserves.
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Give Up on It! I was 12 years old when I read "Life of Pi" (now 13) and at first I couldn't put it down. There is just something about it that is entertaining and refreshing. By the middle, I was starting to get a little bit bored. Now I COULD put it down. I was waiting for things to pick up and get more exciting. I am very, very glad I decided to keep going with this book dispite the dull part. It really makes you think about Pi Patel and his journey being stranded on a lifeboat. Will he survive? And why hasnt the tiger been dangerous to him? I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, interesting scenarios, and enjoys a book that leaves a lasting impression in your mind. Don't let those slow moving chapters fool you-an amazing story is soon to begin.
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical....for the most part Told in two parts...Life of Pi is an interesting premise. The first half of the novel is a philosophical and almost abstract storyline that is painful to get through but if you can push through, the second half of the story is simply magic! Well-written, it had me sitting on pins and needles as I devoured the text. There are a few uncomfortable moments but these come together with the rest of the text seamlessly to create a story that seems as real as the paper it is written on.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Life Of Pi This book was utterly captivating. It has an interesting view on religion and what it means to have faith. However that is only in the beginning of this wonderful rendition of a story unlike anything i have ever read before. By the end of this book, that will be hard to put down in the first place, you will be asking yourself "What really happened??"
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Believable To read the synopsis on the back cover of this book, you'd wonder what you were getting into: a 16 year old Indian boy adrift in a lifeboat on the Pacific ocean with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a 450 pound Bengal tiger. The story is so well told, and you learn so much about animal behaviour, that you'd believe this unbelievable story actually took place. Until he lands on a strange island. That's when he lost me. But it was an entertaining story of man-against-nature, man-against-beast, man-against-man, and even man-against-himself. I thought Pi's attempts at finding God by embracing three religions simultaneously was ludicrous, as they believe things completely opposite to one another. However, in spite of those two things, I would recommend this book. I can see why it won the awards it did.
Date published: 2009-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hated It and Loved It Page 1 - 103 = 1 star Page 105 -354 = 5 STARS I absolutely hated the start of this book. It had no impact and extremely little meaning to the rest of the book. If you want to read the story that everyone talks about, and that the back describes, skip right to page 105. Believe me, you can do this and you wont miss a thing.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind Where else can you find a book about animals and humans competing to survive on a lifeboat? Amazing, the ending shocked me.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magical book! Besides having an interesting story, my favorite books contain symbolic depth, resonance, and a generous sprinkle of what can only be described as "magic". A "magic" novel is one in which the author has told us of events that do not align with our conventional experiences and logic, yet has done so in such a convincing fashion that we believe we may be hearing the truth. Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" is such a novel. Imagine being stranded for 227 days on a life-boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Now imagine having to share that life-boat with a tiger, a hyena, a orangutan, and a zebra. Utterly ridiculous, isn't it? Yet somehow, Martel convinces us that it just might be possible to survive it after all. Magical story-telling. The beginning of the novel provides details of the main character's childhood, including his unusual personal decision to combine three religions; Catholicism, Hinduism, and Islam. This is important because the remainder of this adventure challenges and confirms the doctrines of all these faiths. But in the end, Pi understands that the authorities may not be able to take the leap of faith required to believe such a fantastic story and, almost out of sympathy, provides them (and the readers) with a second, more plausible accounting of his ordeal. Which version are you prepared to believe? An interesting background note is on the name chosen for the Bengal tiger in the story, Richard Parker. Richard Parker was an actual person who had the misfortune of being a cabin boy on the yacht Mignonette, sunk off the coast of Western Africa on 1884. The entire four man crew, including Captain Tom Dudley, escaped to a life-boat where they drifted with little food and water for the next nineteen days. At that point, the three men killed and ate the 17 year-old Parker. Five days later, they were rescued and returned to England, where they were put on trial for murder. What happened to them? There is a very good book on the entire true story of Richard Parker, called "The Custom of the Sea" by Neil Hanson. If you're interested, I can lend you a copy. In "Life of Pi" Martel has paid homage to the real Richard Parker by giving him his reincarnation as a 450 pound Bengal Tiger. Now the hunted has become the hunter!
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definately worth the read! This is a very interesting novel to read. Ive read it twice! I especially loved the ending. The reader is left with two stories to pick from in the end. The one thats been described throughout the novel, or the one that Pi (the main character of the novel) tells the investigators. I can guarantee you that this book will have you discussing with others what they think of the story and especially what conclusion to pick for the stories ending!
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Philosophical Realism I bought this book several years ago but believe or not I never got a chance to read it until a few days ago. And I'm wondering why now, since the "Life of Pi" is one of the best contemporary fictional novels I've ever read. Since most already know the plot, I will just comment on the writing style and greater philosophical questions that Martel's book engages. Fundamentally, the book is about faith. What is faith, and does faith exist outside of institutionalized religion? I found Martel's metaphorical use of Pi's ambivalence and ambiguity over organized religion with the contemporary post-modern obfuscation over issues of faith to be ingenious and thought-provoking. Then there is the philosophical question over allegorical scripture. How stories within institutionalized religion are memorialized and notions of literal interpretation or allegorical. This all of course parallels debates between fundamentalists and contextualists. The writing style is raw, gritty, and uncensored. Certainly many readers will recoil at many parts, but I think a contemporary novel like this can exist without such realism. After all, this isn't a children's book, but an adult book with adult themes, therefore, it should reflect that reality. Martel is a great storyteller and writes in a very fluid style and is great at building suspense. Whether you like the writing or not, I think the greater philosophical questions that "Life of Pi" asks cannot be ignored. It confronts fundamental issues of faith which remain as relevant today as they have ever been. Definitely a must read book.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Yann Martel is truly a master story-teller. I read this book through, totally absorbed in the story and unable to put it down until it was resolved. Once I got to the end, I couldn't help myself. I had to read it over again! Trust me, you will want to keep a copy of Life of Pi in your permanent reading library. Better to invest in a hardcover edition right away.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bizarre, but great! A very different story from anything you'll read, but I loved it!
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Instincts Martel crafts an ingenious story of a boy lost at sea with several dangerous animals on board a raft. Filled with great philosophical insights and humor, this book is sure to be devoured by an hungry reader who enjoys books that are well-researched, well-imagined and well-developed. Martel deserves his fame.
Date published: 2008-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Oh Pi, your poor disillusioned life! I am conflicted over what to think about 'Life of Pi'. On one hand, I feel obliged to like it because how can one possibly resist a greatly raved all around, award-winning book with a nice cover, title and seemingly interesting synopsis, while on the other hand, I was terribly bored by it... till the last redeeming chapters. Martel definitely packed punches of intrigue and had moments of brilliantly well-written narratives. The storyline appeared fresh but soon turned stale - almost as though there wasn't a point in the novel, despite the story being on "Do you believe in God?" which should have plenty philosophical inputs, even rants. To a certain extent, it did, but I found them hard to absorb even though I usually get by these words of wisdom with ease and understanding. 'Life of Pi' quickly descended to an ordinary read of a boy stranded out at sea, trying to think deep thoughts, and oh, balancing survival in the company of a Bengal tiger, among others, aboard the lifeboat. It flipped a 180 towards the end, for which I'm satisfied with. Goosebumps all over, the conclusion left me dazed and wanting more. That divulgence made the book seem so much more cryptically bearable, although I did feel somewhat cheated. 'Pi' definitely deserves a chance - perhaps I was just not prepared to be as opened to reading between the lines. So when you ever get the urge to stop, (do take breaks and) read on for the closing writings, as to me, is worth even the most boring yet relevant read.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Renewed my love for reading This is the book I picked up years ago and have to thank for getting me excited about reading again. It's a great, interesting little story, and I loved it. I'm thankful for picking it up all those years ago, as I would have missed out on so many other wonderful books over the years.
Date published: 2008-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing I read this book for the first time in my English 12 class and was amazed. The ideas discussed in this novel are thought-provoking and I can guarantee that you will be at least mildly offended by one topic or another. I'm very thrilled that this novel won The Man Booker Prize and it is a great addition to any bookshelf.
Date published: 2008-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! Absolutely fantastic read - I couldn't put it down... can't wait until the film version is released.
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What's going on here? Here is a novel that got a lot of attention and really did very well. It's also ridiculous and not in the good way. One should beware of novels that have praise from Margaret Atwood splashed across the cover....first of all, the plot is absurd. Really, truly absurd. The characters are not likeable, and unpleasantly weird. (Weirdness can be very entertaining...such as in Tim Findley or Neil Gaiman's case) but this book is SO horrible, SO poorly constructed and SO BAD that anyone willing to spend money on this piece of garbage needs to be dragged kicking and screaming to a book store and forced to read fabulous things...(like "Spot of Bother" by Mark Haddon or "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen.) This was a terrible novel, and everyone who praised it so highly is wrong. Very, very wrong.
Date published: 2008-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud at a couple points as well as invoking deep thoughts in others. It was a book that one could easily slip into without major brain effort, but at the same time inspired a lot to chew on. I love that it was written by a Canadian.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I recommend anyone who reads any type of genre to read this book. It doesn't matter if you like fantasy or only love story's this book is truly a classic. If you think your having a bad day, week, month, year whatever the case maybe your be happy with how your life is no matter how bad it is compared to what this guy went through. The book brought in real danger and real adventure in situations no one as ever thought of.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very emotional, heart-touching.. In Life of Pi, Yann Martel has proven his descriptive skills to be as close to reality as it can get. Throughout the book, I thought I was reading a true story from Pi himsef. The book is also very informative, as the author has obviously done lots of research in Zoology, religion, and castaway survival. Overall, a well written book. It must have been a challenge for Martel, since two thirds of the book is solely about a boy and a tiger in a lifeboat. It really isn't easy to keep it interesting till the end. But he managed to do so.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not for the faint of heart... Well written and certainly engaging, but graphically describes animals preying on other animals and can be a little sickening.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's All About Perspective I'm sure you have seen the plot summaries by now if you are interested in 'Life of Pi' by Canadian author Yann Martel, so I'll continue to explain why you should read it. 'Life of Pi' is a cleverly written novel that focuses strongly on storytelling, and Martel is well aware of the impact this has on the reader. The language, awesome imagery, themes of religion, humanity, philosophy, adventure, survival, fear, and happiness, and the strong protagonist Pi make the novel extremely successful. I loved the language and words in Life of Pi. It's a book you actually come from, knowing that you gained something. The end of the book; you have to read it just for that. I was so shocked that I had to stop for a few minutes before proceeding. It's all about perspective. I was literally glued to the pages while reading. I highly recommend 'Life of Pi' to any reader, casual or not; to any fan of any genre. The novel is worth its price in full. Even if you don't like the plot, you can't deny that its not a good book.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel This is a rather strange story of a young boy, a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a Bengal tiger adrift on a lifeboat in the wild Pacific after the ship carrying them from India to Canada sinks. A little difficult to get into, however after the 1st chapter you are hooked, this story stays with you, long after you have finished reading it.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average I agree with the previous poster Catherine. This book is more or less average. Too bad it appeared even worse than average since I went into it with great expectations, thanks to the reviews.
Date published: 2007-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read A mezmorizing novel. Full of adventure!
Date published: 2007-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful If anything can make you want to believe in a higher power, it is this book. Simple and powerful, it brought me to tears. Pick it up - you won't regret it.
Date published: 2006-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life of Pi The Old Man and the Sea of modern times. Fantastic, on all accounts.
Date published: 2006-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A monumental story told by a grand storyteller What a great book!!!! Highly recommended reading. Yan martel is one of the greatest writers of our time. This book is a testament to the human will.. it will make you cry... laugh... and cheer. The writing is superbly lucid and fluent; very easy to read. Three cheers for Pi Patel... and/or... Richard Parker.
Date published: 2006-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from one word "blech" this book was by far the most awful book i have ever read, it does not deserve a single star, nor does it deserve to have ever been published, save yourself the money and go pick up some thing quality, and something that actually has a plot, this was a waste of my money.
Date published: 2006-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh, could take it or leave it I do find it hard to believe how acclaimed this novel was, since the only parts that keep you interested are the beginning and end. The middle hundred pages of this novel were overly descriptive and bland, and I kept hoping something exciting would happen so that I wouldn't have to keep putting the book down and seeing my bookmark STILL in the pages. While the overall sentiment when you finish is satisfying, I found myself only feeling that because most of my friends had read it and because we all saw that it was an award winner and thus obviously worthy of our praise.
Date published: 2006-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from this won the Booker Prize? The main flaw of 'The Life of Pi' is obvious to anyone who's read the book, regardless of whether they want to admit it or not. There simply isn't enough story, character or idea to fill a novel. 'The Life of Pi' is based on one gimmick and has only one developed character. And despite an overlong beginning that tries to flesh things out, it's all too clear that you're only reading the novel for its final third. The rest is filler and, while sometimes interesting (the parts on animal behaviour and zoos are fun to read), seems to be there only because, well, other books have beginnings and no one will buy a sixty-page novel. In a cruel twist, the best-written and most rewarding part of the first half of the book is the prologue, in the neat form of an author's note. Another problem is the writing style. Martel writes literature in a way that calls attention to itself as literature, instead of just telling a story. As a result, too many parts of the novel are self-important pedantic and wordy. It's a good thing that he has some talent, sometimes his style works, and the book starts to flow and becomes a pleasure to read. These moments are just too rare to elevate the thin story.
Date published: 2006-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Very interesting, intriguing, and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the author's style of writing and the wayt that he intertwined philosophical teachings with action and adventure. A little slow at some points but highly recommended nonetheless!
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great I read it because there was so much hype about it and how it was a good book, but I really didn't find it all that good or interesting.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! I love this book, the second I picked it up, I started reading, and reading, and reading, and never stopped until I finished. Martel writes this book amazingly. THe story is one of survival, and unlikely bonding. This book is good for everybody!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book! This book is so masterfully written that you will be taken completely by surprise by the ending. Sometimes you will be given a whole lot of extraneous information about things which probably are not that key to the book. Hang in there through this stuff as the end will not disappoint.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This had to be one of the best Canadian, it not, one of the best books that I have ever read. Yann Martel keeps you on the edge of your toes, as you float through each chapter filled with suspense, and thought provoking adventure. This book reminds you of Robinson Crusoe and Mutiny of the Bounty. I like how Yann starts with an intoduction to lead you up to Pi's family's departure for Canada,and his knowledge of animals that helps you to understand how Pi responds to his ship mates. Then throws you a twist at the end which really gets you thinking. I highly recommend this book to anyone, you will not be dissappointed. I will read it again and again. A reader will not be able to put this book down.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book By Far! I've read a fair number of books in my day, but none have even come close to Yann Martel's absolute masterpiece, Life of Pi. The most original book I have ever come across, and as entertaining and funny as any book could dream of being. The wealth of knowledge and facts about animals and various religions adds a ton and a half of credibility to the narrator. But above all, like a sweet sweet sweet cherry on the top of an incredible cake, is an ending that absolutly and totally blew my mind. To this day I cannot think about the ending of this book without grinning and shaking my head in disbelief.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent story I read this recently and loved it... very well written and it held me captive for a few days.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Strong Emotions I just didn't get it. Perhaps I'll approach it again when I've read everything else in the store .... I just found is frustrating and confusing.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Hey, I can't really call my self an avid reader, i read about 2 months a book or so. So i read an average amount and have read my share of books. This book has earned a spot in my top 3. I love this book, there were times where i couldn't put the book down. I'd stay up till 3 or 4 reading this book simply because i was too into the story. It got my adredaline running, it got me thinking and it was good enough that i got goose bumps...4 times. If you are looking for an amazing book that will easily get you hooked this is a must get. Hope you get it and enjoy it, Imad
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I admit that as I was reading this book, I found that it was quite easy to put it down, but that minutes after, I was fishing it out again, because it was tickling my interest. Agreed it's not the best book ever, but it's still somewhat interesting. There are definitely religious themes, and anthropological ones, and geographical and zoological too. And though I found that this book did not reflect my own beliefs, nor did it change them, I found it interesting. Personally, I don't seek out only books that reflect or feed me back my own opinion. The plot line is none-existant, but that is because the point of interest is the character and his internal dialogue and process.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book The book was not what I expected at all, it was 100 times better. I loved the way it was written, desciptives were excellent. I actually felt all the tension of being trapped on the boat in the middle of the ocean with a tiger and a hyena. It felt so real I could smell the blood and fear.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative & Entertaining A great read. It's an unconventional story about unlikely cast aways that will leave you tempted to believe in miracles. Beautifully written and never dull.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was a really cool read. This is an adventure that stretches your imagination.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peacefully Extravagant Life Of Pi is a beautifully insightful piece of literature which brought me a great sense of peace as I read. Much of this peace resulted from reading the first half of the novel, and a sense of security followed with the second half. It truly is a life-changing book. I sat outside after dinner and read as nature subtly made itself known around me. This, to me, was peace. It has inspired me to become a more tranquil individual, and to observe more closely the nature of animals, as well as our own species. Nothing else I have ever read even compares to Life Of Pi. Brilliant.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I really enjoyed the entire book except the ending was a little unsettling. I would reccommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly Alluring I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book but it turned out to be amazing. I couldn't put it down and when I was nearing the end I didn't want it to be over. Exciting and thought-provoking, this is one book everyone should have in their collection.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely must read!! Heard this was a great book so I thought I'd read it. After the first couple of chapters, I was having a hard time getting into it and thought I was in for a big dissappointment. WAS I WRONG!! Halfway into the book I was hooked. I'm not going to tell you the best thing about the book ...made it worth every single red cent I spent on it plus more!!! You'll just have to read it yourself :-)
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story Worth It's Rewards Brilliantly, Yann Martel captivates a cast-away survival tale of a boy nicknamed Pi: Young and strong-minded, however toppled with contemporary self-commitments to Christianity, Hinduism, and Islamic beliefs evokes social controversy to his life. Misfortuned to face the ultimate ordeal of survival, Pi becomes trapped on a lifeboat with shortage of supplies, a panorama of nothing but water and sky, and imposed by fate to share 'living' space' with a wild dangerous adult Bengal tiger. The astounding storytelling unfolds the chemicals of courage, hardship, and the feeling of struggle for life. Martel conveys the importance of understanding the function of religion and how Pi had use this as his greatest weapon to preserve the '-self' of himself. The reading can somewhat seem elongated due to the natural conjugation of survival stories and sometimes straightforward events. However, I recommend this award-winning literature to any reader who has any thoughts or interests of religion at any measures: religous, agnostic, or even atheist. The remarkable hidden messages and concepts resting in the literature shadows of Martel's "Life of Pi" beautifully establish an allurement for human knowledge and makes the road worth the walk.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stays with you for months This was a hard book to put down after I finished it. The feeling of rolling on water, the hot sun always beating down, the endless horizon, stayed with me for a long time after I was done. I was so immersed in this novel, I had to make an effort to remember it was a book. Simply one of the best books I have ever read!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book.. Liked it from the first page. the whole book just grabs your attention and takes you through the "Life of Pi." It will make you think, be happy, and feel so sad at the same time. You will feel you are riding a long. Here's to you Yann Martel, on an amazing peice of literature.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I am so glad this book was suggested to me to read. It was absolutly amazing. A bit slow at the start, but once the adventure begins it captivated me till the very end. Fantastic, amazing, great...a must read.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This was a very fascinating book. Although the first part of the book is a bit slow, when you get into the meat of the journey, it is truly an amazing novel to read. I would definitely read it again!! Highly recommended to everyone.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really could not put it down When I started reading the book I found it slow and hard to get into. But I quickly got used to the unique style of storytelling and was enchanted by Pi's character and stories. I found it to be an easy read; very light in spirit (there was at least one "laugh-out-loud" moment in the book) despite Pi's tragic circumstances and ended in a touching way that left the reader with a few things to ponder. I would recommend this book to anyone. I only wish I read it sooner.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very creative This book was highly imaginative and the ending will leave you with questions to debate with others.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing! I read a great deal and this is by far my favourite book. Reading it can only be described as a life-changing experience. No one should go without reading "Life of Pi" at least once in their lifetime. Yann Martel is a literary genius and I think this book will become a classic that will be read by many generations.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible & Inspiring! I just finished Life of Pi and I still cannot get it out of my thoughts. Wow. It's an incredible story and certainly a humbling one. I'm sure my jaw was dropped for half of the book. Once you finish the main story and find yourself at the ending be prepared to be shocked again. Life of Pi covers all emotions and will even make you laugh at times. It left me speechless. I was disappointed to be finished. I would recommend Life of Pi to everyone. It truly provides a first hand look at how amazing the human spirit can be when you believe.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tough Going I struggled with this book. Maybe because I had heard so many fantastic things about it. I was unimpressed but ploughed through nonetheless. All in all, the book is not bad - I just wouldn't give it a rave review. The one question that continues to stay with me is Yann Matel's apparent dislike for agnostics and minimal repect for atheists. At one point, the author says that at the time of death an agnostic will find god and an agnostic will still be analyzing and trying to decide. The whole book is about staying true to your beliefs - so what makes the atheist swing in the point of crisis?
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning This story claims that it will make you believe in God; it accomplishes that and so much more. It argues for the oneness of God, the unity of his religions and the oneness of mankind. This is a truly remarkable text. At the very least, it will touch your heart.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awe-inspiring Read!!! This novel was an outrageously extravagent book to read. It kept me on the edge of my sofa, always wrongfully guessing what was going to happen next. The strength of the survivor absolutely amazes me and inspires me. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read and I encourage everyone to read it. The thrill and adventure never stops.
Date published: 2006-05-31

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“Woodman reads with an almost childlike delicacy and simplicity that lend credibility to the wisdom implicit in this fanciful tale. . . . His range is astounding. . . . Both story and reading delight on every level.”
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