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Life of Pi July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Serious, Survival, Week 7.
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Life of Pi was an interesting book. The beginning is long and overworked, filled with lots of almost useless blabs about religion and life as a zookeepers son. Pretty boring stuff, in my opinion. But about 100 pages in, it gets interesting. Sixteen year old Piscine is trapped on a life raft with a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, and orang-utan, and a 250-pound tiger named Richard Parker. As expected, the hyena eats the zebra and orang-utan, and Richard Parker eats the hyena. Surprisingly enough, Pi and the tiger come to some sort of understanding, and they live in harmony. But life at sea is a dangerous thing. Soon they are almost dead. But nothing is stronger than their will to survive. This is the true story of a boy who survived seven months in a life boat with a tiger. While it may seem impossible, this story is one of survival, even in the face of death. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is in the mood for a serious read. People who don’t like blood or are squeamish should pass this one by. Yann Martel captures the story really well, and is not afraid to describe things in detail. The ending may not be satisfactory, but at least it’s true.