Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Classic / Fiction / Adventure
Please note that I try to keep my reviews fairly brief and mainly discuss my opinions. I do not like to reveal plots or spoilers as I wish the reader to experience it themselves. For anyone looking for a discussion about the contents of the book feel free to contact me! I mainly discuss the writing and my thoughts on the quality of the story. In the end, I include my favorite quotes with a quick discussion on why I chose them. If there is anything I can add to make my reviews better please do not hesitate to let me know!
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Life of Pi Review
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is one of the several books on my TBR list for 2020. This read was long overdue since it is a popular classic that is recommended by many people. And now I am recommending you read it too.
Life of Pi is a story about a young man who discusses his adventure over the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck that involves a tiger. Yes, a tiger with the name Richard Parker.
Pi (Piscine) is curious about religion and his position within it. It brings a great discussion about beliefs and social constructs surrounding religion. I am not a religious person, but the discussions about religion in this novel were fascinating to read because it really made the reader think and it revealed a lot about the main character.
Pi’s family owned a zoo, which is where the tiger comes from. The book includes a lot of information, facts, and discussions about zoos and the animals within it. I also think it is a good educator for the readers!
Pi and his family are relocating to Canada and like Noah and his ark take their zoo animals on a ship to be shipped off to other zoos as they embark on their new life in Canada. An issue occurs and the ship they are riding on goes down in the middle of the night. The rest of the story revolves around Pi’s survival on a lifeboat and raft with several zoo animals that escaped the shipwreck. A zebra, hyena, orangutan, and of course Richard Parker.
The story is graphic and a little violent, but that is expected when you are fighting for your life on a lifeboat filled with zoo animals. Pi’s story has many ups and downs and there is never a dull moment. I was glued to the book wondering what would happen next, could Pi really survive this?
The most significant part of this story comes in the last chapters. After you follow Pi’s adventure and read the horrible events that happened on the lifeboat the ending plot twist ties every doubt and question you have together. Every question is answered in the final moments of this book, and a single quote spoken by Pi himself makes this book one of the greatest of all time.
Quotes From Life of Pi
In this section, I share my favorite quotes from the book.
Some quotes I will have a small discussion on what this quote means from my interpretation, but some quotes are so beautiful and influential I like to leave the unique feeling and interpretation to you.
Many of us lose sight of the importance of creativity and imagination.
We lose our own and appreciation for other artistic expressions.
We need to reclaim it because it is the art that makes life worthwhile.
This quote comes from Pi thinking about the zoo his family used to own.
I love how it summarized how it feels to reflect on a memory.
Something that was so large and influential now fits into a thought inside your head.
When reading this part of the book it is a very eye-opening moment.
I think many will interpret it differently, but for me, I related to this one realization because it reflected how worrying about something does not help you and oftentimes you are not even worrying about the right thing.
Oftentimes the thing you are worrying about will not even happen.
No matter where you stand when it comes to religion, beliefs, and spirituality.
When life gets hard and you find yourself feeling low, you find yourself searching for something bigger than life to give you the answers.
It could be the universe, nature, a god, anything! No matter what you look for, you are looking for something or someone in a time of need.
Many people are stuck in their ways and want to live in what is comfortable.
You do not grow there.