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message 1: by Tsorningold (new)

Tsorningold Did you just write a book review... for a novel that won the Booker Prize... comparing it to an episode of Dallas?

What is truth, but the perception of a person. The belive of their own truth.
This story, journey belonged to Pi... not you. Well perhaps Pi and Richard Parker.

What does it say about you... to which story of Pi's you believe.

"I don't know all the answers but am willing to keep an open mind about whatever else is presented to me." I am sorry but that is quite honestly not true.

message 2: by Rose (new)

Rose I think you may have missed the point of this book. It's not so complicated.

message 3: by Kt (new)

Kt agreed~ This is a fabulous book about understanding the reality of the situation yet choosing to believe another. It actually reminds me of the movie Don Juan DeMarco, he understands the reality of his situation yet he chooses to live in his own reality~

message 4: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Holsinger Has anybody given it a thought that this book has a connection with the "Old Man and the sea" - Ernest Hemingway.

message 5: by Tsorningold (new)

Tsorningold Veronica wrote: "Has anybody given it a thought that this book has a connection with the "Old Man and the sea" - Ernest Hemingway."

Compound that thought further... what connection do you see aside from the obvious.

message 6: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra Everything can be connected to The Old Man and the Sea, because it's a one-hundred-page book with terse sentences where every single thing that happens is symbolic for something else; you can literally link it to every piece of literature ever written.

Anyways, I enjoyed reading your review; the book was terrible.

message 7: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Holsinger It would not be that obvious, if you had not read "the old man and the sea".

My further thoughts on this book... would be like adding sugar to honey, the damn thing has already achieved a booker prize award, how much more glory do I need to spill on it.

message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary haven't finished this book but at page 168 on the lifeboat I feel I'm being dragged up a blind alley. SO I'd agree with the comment likening it to Dallas but NOT "engrossing" - I'm finding it very tedious

message 9: by Erin (new)

Erin hahaha... tsorningold. you must be joking. that was an epic episode of "dallas". i mean, a booker award is great an all, but let's be real. "dallas" won multiple emmys AND golden globes... and let us not forget the creme de la creme of television validation: several "soap opera digest" awards!!!

martel really could have tried to strive harder for dallas excellence, i think. like, halfway through the year, pi and the tiger realize they're brothers from DIFFERENT MOTHERS. and that their father, an oil tycoon, had secretly murdered their next door neighbors second cousin who lived in the basement because he was born with the ability to read people's thoughts....

i think that's really the only plot line that wasn't covered by "dallas", actually.

message 10: by Uva (new)

Uva Rossa have to agree, a terribly overrated book..

message 11: by Chris (new)

Chris Berke Considering the length of your review, Life of Pi obviously made you feel something. And that's what stories ate supposed to do, aren't they?

Also, nobody watched Dallas. Especially people who know how to read.

message 12: by Cassidy (new)

Cassidy Budke I definitely felt duped and dissatisfied after reading it. I loved it so much until he went blind. It all spiraled south after that point.

message 13: by Mark (new)

Mark I loved your review. The book is loathsome, and Martel's philosophy makes me want to have a cerebral aneurysm.

message 14: by Jeff (new)

Jeff I just watched the Life Of Pi movie last night, and it brought up my conflicted thoughts about this book, which I read years ago. You stated all of my same objections pretty much perfectly, so it's good to know I'm not the only one thinking these things.

message 15: by Emily (new)

Emily Agreed. You clearly pegged down every single thing that irritated me about this book, and even one thing that I had forgotten to mention (how much Pi is just a mouthpiece for Martel). Thank you very much for your review.

message 16: by Sara (new)

Sara This book was a waste of $10. Agreed.

message 17: by Tina (new)

Tina Tsaleza saying the book isnt realistic or pragmatical or that it doesnt propose a plausible philosophy is missing the point of it. i never felt i was draged in a dilema, its pretty obvious which of the two stories was the real one. to me the book explained the use of religion to a peoples moral, not the world or reality or the existance of god. i never had a doubt in my life that god doesnt exist, but religion is obviously serving a goal culturaly, it feeds a human need. the book made me believe in the use god has for humans. escapism is what that need is and its pretty usefull in some cases ( when you re lost all alone in the pacific for instance).

message 18: by Alexander (new)

Alexander You people disgust me and this review disgusts me. There is a difference between fantasy and reality. Every who said this was bad then you are saying that with a boy trapped on a life boat with a Bengal tiger isn't exciting?! Especially its a true story how can you be angry on how he went blind or how the story went what would the guy do lie about his thrilling adventure? In my opinion this story was TRUE, exciting and very suspenseful yes at points it was boring but every book is boring here and there or just constant action would end up dull.

message 19: by Angela (new)

Angela Kolter I find it bizarre to argue with a book review. While I don't agree on every point made, one must be able to distinguish reading a book critically with reading book for glee. A review is an analytical exercise, and of all the reviews that I have read, most are willing to at least concede the problems in the voice and narrative distance in Parts 2 and 3. It's not a masterfully written work after Part I, unless you adore tedious albeit arresting description. And it's NOT well ended. That is the editor's fault. I get more spiritual meaning in my Star Trek novels and my Dwayne Dyer podcasts. The thought of picking and choosing from separate religions to find the essence of god is not groundbreaking. It is the heart of a philosophy of religious studies degree. Many of us have them, so I wasn't expect the author to be so heavy handed. If he had finished the REAL novel, Part I, and written Part II as a sequential narrative, I would have loved that.

message 20: by Alex (new)

Alex Great review. I am so exhausted with authors trying to create a black and white world (i.e. those with faith & those without). Everyone I've talked to loves the book because of the "wonderful story about animals". Call me whatever you will, but I have to agree with you about the world. Reality is reality, it is not just whatever version of it we want to see. Yes there is being an optimist or pessimist but I'd say Pi's story is far beyond that league. Just because you are a realist does not make you incapable of faith or religion just like the reverse is also true. I disagree with the message of this book and I can't stand that it is so enormously praised.

message 21: by Francis (new)

Francis M. Thank you for this spoiler because now I will return the damn book... I was skeptical about it!! This review confirmed it lol

message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura I totally respect your review and actually found parts of it interesting, however I must point out one thing: yes, the novel is about escapism - and considering the fact that the main character is stranded on a boat for 7 months, I think the circumstances make a little bit of escapism okay! I doubt Martel was trying to let Pi 'run away from his problems', he was trying to show that there are many different ways in which you can find hope from within, and find the ability to go on with life, no matter the struggle. I found this book inspiring and fascinating, and loved the escapism.

message 23: by Yalene (new)

Yalene Fu bitch

message 24: by Yalene (new)

Yalene Sorry wrong message

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