Hey, book lovers!
I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been a bit busy working on assessments and then I was away with a friend for a few days in Liverpool, so I haven’t been able to work on any reviews or put up any of my poetry or short fiction. But I’m back now! I’ll be posting lots over the next few weeks and especially as Easter break is arriving at the end of this coming week, I’ll have more time to post! So, this review is of a wonderful book called Life Of Pi by Yann Martel.
It’s a strange premise at first- you don’t often hear of a story where a young boy is trapped on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger, but though seemingly odd, the novel is wonderfully written and you are really drawn into Pi’s tragic world. He is recalling his story to a young man with a deep curiosity and this is shown through the narrative and dialogue throughout the novel, and the progression of time on the boat is manifested very well.
Pi is a captivating character. He’s on a route for survival- he is stuck in the middle of the ocean on board with a tiger and has to work out how to keep himself alive, dodging the weapons of nature and, well, Richard Parker’s enormous teeth. He’s strong, he learns to live with the situation and to think of ways to find food and water, and soon grows closer to the tiger, as if he is a kind of friend.
There were times where I found this book a little slow-going, but it’s probably just because it’s not the kind of thing I usually read- you may have a much different opinion when you read it for yourself. But there is humour in his interactions with the tiger and intellect in his ways of thinking about what to do next. Other than that, I don’t think I can really recommend this book enough. If you enjoyed the movie, you will love the book. (The book is always better, in my opinion. Besides, you might not have made the film without the book in the first place, so it’s important!)
Anyway, simply, go out and read this one! It will be worth your time.