Wednesday, March 31

Book Review: Life of Pi

Title: Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel

Pages: 368

Summary: After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in the Pacific, one solitary lifeboat remains, carrying a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan, a Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old Indian boy named Pi. His story is a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound listeners in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will as one character puts it, make you believe in God.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Life of Pi is an example of a book where I am glad, that I have a tiny bit of a neurotic compulsion to finish every book I start (although I am learning to let things er book go), this time I’m glad I kept going. Although I thought the author showed an incredible ability to tell a story, and had an excellent writing style and voice throughout the entire book, for most of the book it just didn’t reach out to me, and I found my self thinking, this is what the fuss has been about?

The first half of the book was probably the part I liked the least. I found my self losing interest quickly, and waiting for the story to pick up. The characters weren’t that appealing, although I did appreciate Pi’s thirst for knowledge of religion and want to practice in multiple religions. Parts surrounding that area of the book were well thought out and had some very interesting points and ideas in them. But overall, just not what I thought the book would be like. The second part of the book was much the same. I found Pi to be a courageous person, and I couldn’t believe he managed to survive out there as long as he did facing some of the things he faced (I couldn’t have done it), but again, I found it to be not as great as I was led to believe.

Actually, it wasn’t until the last ten pages or so, that the book became an excellent one, and really only those who have read the book before, know what I’m talking about. That last little part was well, shocking so to speak, but was also very well done. It made the book and alright book, to a very good book for me. And I highly recommend, if you are like me and the book just wasn’t doing it for you, to stick with this one to the end, you won’t be disappointed.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes! Even if you find it slow to start, the book ends up being a very good book. Well worth reading!

What to read next: I can't think of a lot of books that are similar to this, there is Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson if you take the shipwreck aspect into consideration. On the contemporary fiction side of things (which is one of many things you can classify this book as) there's The Kite Runner, The Lonely Bones and other Booker Prize Winners/Nominees etc are; The Sea, The Blind Assassin, The White Tiger etc. So there's a place to start. Sorry folks, lately I've been at a loss for these, so I'm using the wonderful tags from Library Thing to help!

Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge,
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Wish I Read That Challenge


  1. I'm afraid I gave this one up after 20 pages. I enjoyed the story, but was really offended by the narrator's comments on agnosticism. Plus i have a little bit of a bias against the author.

  2. I really loved this book from beginning to end, but I can totally see how other people might not.

  3. Amanda - I can see why you stopped. I came close so many times in the beginning. And I think I remember the comment you're referring to, if I remember there was a similar one about Atheists. In the end, the things I enjoyed were the issues on human nature and survival (and to me, it wasn't a religious aspect) that made it such a great story.

    Becky - I agree, this is a book where I know and understand a lot of people wouldn't like or give up on.

  4. I listened to this one so long ago, and found it to be a great book. Maybe the fact that it was on audio made the boring parts seem more interesting? I am not sure, but I do remember that I loved it. The end was just a huge shock and very well done as well. Great review, I am glad you stuck with it!

  5. You have a really nice review =) did you know that the movie version will be released this November 21? Also, in 3D adventure film? Something to look forward to either ways. Here's my review by the way:

    Have a nice day! :)

    1. I had no idea they were doing a moving version of this book. Interesting. Not sure if I'll see it, but it is interesting to see one will be out there.