I finished this book at the end of January and just have pushed off writing the review until now because I’ve been busy with school, friends and Game Of Thrones. But, don’t let my procrastination convince you that I didn’t enjoy this book because I definitely did.
Summary: Growing up, Pi Patel has become accustomed to his way of life in India. Working at his family’s zoo, he’s learned lessons about what it means to be religious and the similarities between humans and animals. Though when his family decides to sell the animals and immigrate to Canada, Pi’s new knowledge is put to the test. Partway across the Pacific Ocean, their boat capsizes due to a storm and Pi is the only human survivor. Emphasis is put on the “human” when he discovers that sharing his lifeboat are some of the escaped zoo animals including a zebra, hyena, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Quickly, the hyena makes meals out of the zebra and orangutan until he is left as the meal for the tiger, leaving Pi alone on a lifeboat with a dangerous carnivorous cat. As their time at sea elapses, Pi discovers he cannot rely on rescue and finds new ways to survive in the company of Richard Parker. Between prayer and wisdom (and prior knowledge), he is able to stay alive at sea and witness the beauty of nature and life at it’s most basic point.
Rating: Five stars.
Why?: So this rating may have been a bit bias considering I love the movie and loved it years prior to reading the book. But while I do suggest watching the movie, I think the book was just as good in different ways. Where the movie lacked in some detail, the book made up for it. Where the book lacked in visuals, the movie gave way more than we needed (in a good way). Also, this book is incredibly thought-provoking in the sense that by the time you finish it, you may have a completely different perspective on his story and on coping mechanisms and religion. I know I did. I don’t want to go too in depth on the message for those of you who don’t know the twist of the story at the end, it’s just so much more eye-opening to discover it for yourself.
Movie: I highly suggest the movie and for the most part, it follows the book directly and has graphics to die for. You may have heard of the famous whale scene, or seen it even, and if that doesn’t draw you in I don’t know what will. The graphics and details are astounding! See the awards this movie won here.
Disclaimer: There is frequent talk about religion in this book especially at the beginning, if you don’t want to read about this, then maybe the book isn’t for you. Also, the book is kind of a slow, detailed read. If you are all for the action and not as interested in the message, maybe you would enjoy another read as well.
Have any of you guys read this book?