Friday, May 29, 2009

Life of Pi


So, I just finished reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Well - ok, I read most of the book... and skimmed the last little bit. Anyway - I got to the end. With all the accolades... the awards... the hype of the book, I must say - I thought it was OK. Got the best... not bad: It was pleasantly solid yet - in my opinion - slightly overrated and lackluster. When I started the book, I had very high hopes. It definitely had some great parts... I loved the writing style. The main character's internal monologue was often hilarious and relatable. I found the sections discussing zoo life and animal characteristics to be fascinating... and the character's dribbles on life and religion to be thought provoking. That being said... the middle majority of the book was more of a day to day description of survival on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific. -still definitely interesting, but eventually a bit monotonous. I realize that the daily struggles and thoughts of Pi over the course of his 227 days at sea build the character and take the reader little by little through the experience... so that you can fully "get" the twists at the end. BUT - I must say... it didn't break my heart to skip a few incredibly detailed accounts of turtle butchering or tiger taming. The wacked out end seemed to kinda take on a life of its own... definitely a sharp contrast with the first 3/4 of the book. I wish it had explored the religions more... I wish it had gotten in to the make your brain contemplate the big issues stuff more... but it didn't. So my final review: Eh... it wasn't bad, but I've definitely read better.

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