May 27th, 2004


Yann Martel – Life of Pi (04-027)

Yann Martel – Life of Pi (04-027)

Number: 04-027
Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Language: English (Canada)
Year: 2001
# Pages: 325 (5204)
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 1-84195-283-4

The extra-ordinary story of Piscine Patel and Richard Parker, praised by many, awarded with prizes. It took me a bit to get into. 10 pages at the time, but in the end it has cost me several hours of sleep. The intro drags on a bit, we have to get to know Pi apparently, but in my humble opinion it would have been as good had we just entered the story the moment the ship goes down. I still don’t understand how it is possible that Pi doesn’t find out for days that there is a tiger in his lifeboat. However the idea of the two of them together in a small boat is a great setting for a good story.

Having finished the book, I don’t think I consider it the classic many hold it for. It certainly is a good book, it made me take the book from next to my book and read it in daytime, ignoring work and newspapers. To be a classic, it misses the depth. One thing it certainly does well is playing with the edges of reality. What is true, what isn’t? Yet it is funny to think about that dilemma anyway while reading a work of fiction.
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