A lot of good bits, but some rather tedious bits as well. I think Mantel is a damn good writer, just that sometimes the flow was kind of off. Anyway,...moreA lot of good bits, but some rather tedious bits as well. I think Mantel is a damn good writer, just that sometimes the flow was kind of off. Anyway, anything to do with the Tudors is usually pretty captivating (and decapitating...hardy har har). Plus, Cromwell is kind of an interesting dude, too.
(Sorry for all the Herman's Hermits references in my updates. That song was completely lodged in my brain the entire time I was reading this book. Now, isn't that just sad?)(less)
They were talking about this book on NPR the other day and calling it "the perfect book to read on dark night". The way they were going on about it re...moreThey were talking about this book on NPR the other day and calling it "the perfect book to read on dark night". The way they were going on about it really pushed it up on the TBR pile.(less)
I'm not exactly sure a true review of this book can be written without spoilers, so I don't think I'll even try.
Despite Pi Patel's claims to the contrary, I do not believe this was a didactic novel. It was an adventure story (er...stories), nothing more to me. And goody for me, I love adventure stories.
Pi Patel is a story lover and a storyteller. A spinner of yarns and a lover of all tales tall. He has read Robinson Crusoe three times. He fell in love with and began practicing three very different, very exclusive world religions (Hinduism, Christianity, Islam) because of their stories. Is it any wonder then, that Pi would concoct a magical story about the impossible? No, because Pi isn't interested in the truth and he doesn't believe most people would be either. Why? Because the truth doesn't make a very good story.
Or, maybe he simply invented a story as a means to help him live with the truth and the part he played in it. Happens all the time.
As for his claim that his story will make you "believe in God," well, I don't think anyone would walk away believing anything more than what they walked in with...especially given that his ideas regarding non-belief/non-believers are so rife with error.
Which story is better? Does it really matter? They both star Pi, as all people's versions of their realities do. Which do I prefer? Whichever one leaves out the eating of feces. Ewww!(less)