Life of Pi

The following is in response to Yann Martel‘s masterpiece “Life of Pi.”

“In some such way he would conclude our relationship. He did nothing of the sort. He only looked fixedly into the jungle. Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life” (p. 359).

I hope you don’t think less of me, residents of the blogosphere, when I say that I often read books because I caught the preview of the movie version on TV and thought it looked interesting. I say that I haven’t read a lot of the classics, including the Life of Pi, because I never heard about them growing up and they weren’t in my local library, but perhaps it doesn’t excuse me. However, I have slowly been chipping away at the amazing literature this world has to offer since I have been a part of the wonderful academic community Georgia has to offer.

I was completely enchanted by Martel’s writing. He was able to give his readers an interesting plot—the whole stuck-on-a-boat-with-a-tiger thing was very suspenseful—a new look on what it means to be religious and to truly suffer. I mean where else can you read about a boy practicing three, arguably dissimilar, religions at the same time, a tiger named Richard Parker lurking just below the tarpaulin, and a man-eater algae-tree?

I particularly found the way the book is structured compelling. The book is in three parts: the first gives us all the back-story and great foreshadowing in not-so-linear chapters, the second is more linear and tells the story of the shipwreck and the 227 days Pi was stranded on the life boat, and the third is a very short transcription-styled part that goes deep into an interview between Pi and the owners of the ship that sunk. I really enjoyed the small pockets of multi-genreness in the end and in the few lists that he gives us in the middle. All of this came together for one amazing book!


About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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One Response to Life of Pi

  1. emmabolden says:

    Life of Pi has been on my “I really do need to read this” list forever — you’ve just convinced me to move it up!


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