Monday, June 1, 2009

Review: The Life of Pi

Title: The Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Pages: 325
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3/5
The Life of Pi is a story of a boy who is moving to Canada from India with his family. They are going by boat because they have to deliver some animals along the way from the zoo they owned in India. While they are at sea, the cargo boat sinks and everyone aboard unfortunately does not make it except for Pi. He finds himself on a life boat with a tiger, zebra, hyena, and orangutan. After so long the only two who are left is Pi and the tiger, Richard Parker. Pi is at sea for 7 months before finally reaching land in Mexico. The majority of the novel talks of his journey at sea with just himself and Richard Parker.
Before you even get to the story of the journey at sea, Pi talks about his religious beliefs. He practices Christianity, Hinduism, and Muslim. In a way I appreciate that part of the book because there are many great things in all religions not just one. He also relates the zoo to religion. I don't have the book anymore so I cannot take a direct quote, but to summarize and to tell you my take on what was meant is this. The animals in the zoo are kept in cages, or restricted if you will, but also they get the best of what life has to offer. A meal (spiritual fulfillment), a clean home (peace of mind), someone looking after them (God). Zoo's are at time protested against because the animals are not "free to live their own lives" and so the same for religious believers; not "free to live their own lives". I found the first section to be very thought provoking and delicious.
When the second part of the book starts, I enjoyed reading but my love turned to just like. I am sure the story goes a lot deeper than I can see, but it seemed to be very long. I felt like it was going on forever. I also thought that for someone who is so religious, I did not hear much of God, and he did not mention too much about him praying and relying on a Higher Power. I thought that to be just a little odd, especially because he was so religious before the ship sank. Why would he, at the darkest part of his life, not have God be a bigger part of the story?
All in all, I enjoyed the book. I gave it 3 out of 5.