While I was reading this, I got about halfway through it with my book notes before realizing that the format I was using was doubling the text format; meaning that the spots where I was marking notes were incorrect by the percentages.
Onto the actual review part:
I was confused at first about the religious stuff for Pi and then it got explained and made some sense.
I was thrown a bit for a loop by that ending. The parallels there. It made you wonder if his story without the animals actually *did* happen and he had just simply changed it around in his mind to make it easier to deal with something truly horrific. OR if the animal story was the “truth” and the others just couldn’t wrap their minds around it so he really *did* just make it up to appease them.
Either way, the “story” itself was interesting and sad.
I haven’t read a lot of castaway type stories beyond the little that I remember from stories in school like “Island of the blue dolphins”. This was kind of my first story in being along for the ride, possibly with an unreliable narrator, in such (pun-intended) uncharted waters.
I haven’t seen the movie on this, I heard it was amazing back when it first came out and received many awards, but I do plan on viewing it this weekend with my husband. I will be interested to see how the story plays out on screen.
Whether his first or second story is the “real” one matters not when one does stop to consider that he was out at sea for an extraordinary amount of time, he probably was in and out of madness during the duration, and that he did lose his entire family in one disastrous swoop.
The story was very well-written, brought about some twists, and was a page-turner.
I wouldn’t say this was my favorite read of the year so far, but it is among them.
“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pir
25.0% “I had to pause a moment at this part. People are pieces of shit. Feeding an animal an object that is not food, to cause them pain, injury, or death is atrocious. I seriously wonder why I am shocked by this. The poor innocents.”
43.47% “This is an engrossing read, even for someone who isn’t Christian: which a huge part of the story seems to reflect on in Pi’s life. So far, about the zoo, he was around growing up and how he was Hindu and comes to believe in God. That is a lovely trait of books, they can take you through the lives of characters you may not ever otherwise know in your life.”
unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable.
New word for me!”
51.14% “Oh I see now! He isn’t necessarily going from Hindu to Christian. He is between Hindu, Muslim, and Christian in that he believes in God in general. Okay. I never really got why people feel the need to label and differentiate/categorize the way they do anyways.”