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message 1: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I just finished this book last night and am still feeling raw and unsettled by the turn the book took the last pages. I had been merrily reading along, mesmorized by all the wonderful details, seeing everything vividly in my mind, smiling every time he referred to the tiger as Richard Parker (I never got tired of being amused by that) and then Bam! slammed into a brutal possibility that in just a few pages wiped out everything I'd been thinking. I'm still mulling over and contemplating it all, and I am not great at interpreting books so I appreciate your insights. I am an agnostic choosing to believe the first version. It's just to beuatiful to let go.


message 2: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Shannon,
Thanks. This is a book that certainly gets better with time. I was irritated at first, like you, that he took it away, but then I got thinking about all the symbolism and then I loved it.


message 3: by Jonathonz (last edited Sep 28, 2010 10:03PM) (new)

Jonathonz Thank you for your interpretation. I was left feeling a bit like a castaway on the ocean all alone and needing some company after reading this book. I found it enthralling until the implausibility of the island but realized that he was most likely hallucinating by that point as the author does mention that he lies down to die right before he reaches the island. The reason for the island made sense to me by the end of the book.
I'm an agnostic that believes the second story. It's understandable that he would invent the story of the animals after the horror of seeing the murders, even of his own mother, on the boat and his own cannibalism. It's more plausible to me that there would be other people on the boat with him rather than the animals that had been in their cages. It makes sense that his mother would get up to follow him after he tries to rouse them. She probably felt something was wrong when the boat started to list and got up to find her son before the cabins were flooded. She would then be nearby to join him on the lifeboat. It makes sense that a boy that had grown up in a zoo and believed in 3 religions at once would invent this story to cope with the incredible ordeal he went through.
I loved this book a lot.


message 4: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Jonathonz, I like your reasoning, some of which I hadn't considered, like of course his mother would have stayed by his side and how did the animals get out of their cages? I think it's a fantastic read and I still think about it all the time.


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Reading your review helped me understand the book much better. I, too, like Shannon, was a bit confused with the ending (although I thought it was a fascinating twist). I will certainly be thinking about this book for a long time, and I'm sure I will re-read it someday. I think it's a story that reveals new things each time you read it.


message 6: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Wonderful review!


message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Simón Great view. Agree with you in many points.
I have JUST finished this ( wonderful) book and can't let it go of my head: I keep going through the story again and again asking me 'what do I believe?' so I guess that's the magic of this well written book: its story and message stays with you for a long time, maybe it will live in you forever. Just as Richard Parker will do in Pi.


message 8: by Felicity (new)

Felicity Great review!


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