The story of Matt's childhood. He has an older sister and a little sister Emmy. The book is actually written for Emmy because she was too young to remThe story of Matt's childhood. He has an older sister and a little sister Emmy. The book is actually written for Emmy because she was too young to remember it. Nikki is a very abusive mother to these children and they live in constant fear of her mood swings. One day Matt meets Murdoch, who stands up for a child who is getting hit, and decides that he needs him in his life. He hopes that Murdoch can save them where his dysfunctional father and frightened aunt could not. The start of the book does tell that they make it out of the situation, but it is still frightening. This book was honestly a little heartbreaking. I couldn't put it down though. I think the reason that it spoke to me so deeply was because I know people who have been in similar situations. It is encouraging to see people come out of homes and situations like that still fundamentally good people. It is interesting to note that although Murdoch has some surprising things in his past he has overcome them and is a good example and friend to Matt and his family. I am not sure if this is a book I will go back and re-read, but it is definitely one that I am glad I read once and one I think will stick with me. ...more
I looked back at my review of this book to see if I had included a quote that I love and realized that somehow there is no review here!***SPOILERS***
I looked back at my review of this book to see if I had included a quote that I love and realized that somehow there is no review here! I don' t know ho that happened! I loved this book from almost the first page. While I love the writing style and the general story there are several things that intrigue me the most about it.
1. The treatment of the theme of religion:
Pi, as a practicing member of three major world religions, is uniquely qualified to discuss this topic. Some of his insights into the nature of God, atheism, and agnosticism are particularly interesting. It really is a story that will make you believe in God.
2. People's reactions to the ending:
Personally I like dark stories and strongly believe that the second ending is the real one. I am intrigued by the idea that humanity is its own worst monster and think that the repetition of this theme in so many literary works is no coincidence. Stories are a way that we shape and deal with the world around us. The things that happened to Pi were so unthinkable that he created a story or a modern fable to put the world in order again. Many people walk away from the end of the story and say "but I like the first one better." To those people I would say "I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently" (Life of Pi). This desire is not always a bad thing. The world is a scary place and none of us escape it without scars. But, people who choose to react to the book in this way reaffirm the purpose of stories as a way to make sense of a scary and dangerous world.
3. The nature of doubt:
I am really intrigued by people's approach to doubt. This book has many interesting insights into the issue, but the quote that is definitive of this book is "To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation." While I agree with this quote I also agree with the idea that it can be helpful as a motivation to move forward or change static elements of life. ...more