As someone who was only familiar with Magic Realism of Kafka and Marquez, Life of Pi was breathtakingly fresh. An emotional roller-coaster with rightAs someone who was only familiar with Magic Realism of Kafka and Marquez, Life of Pi was breathtakingly fresh. An emotional roller-coaster with right amount of author/narrator intervention, Yann Martel's novel will stay with the reader for a long time after turning that last page. You may tempted to leave the book during the ordeal of Pi Patel in middle of nowhere on the sea, but please do not. Read it slowly, carefully, to benefit most from the climax. I do not want to spoil anything for those who have not read. A book that walks on a thin line separating real from the unreal, constantly juggling reality and illusion, Life of Pi was an amazing year-end read to me....more
When I started reading this book, I did not think I would finish it. But, Seth's impeccable style of writing made this novel in the verse, a delight tWhen I started reading this book, I did not think I would finish it. But, Seth's impeccable style of writing made this novel in the verse, a delight to read. The story is rather simple- lives of four young people living in San Francisco facing the challenges of life, love and expectations that come with it amid the search for that purpose of life which makes the journey beautiful. But, the presentation where Seth wins it with his lyrical style. It's poignant and touches right notes. I am happy that I picked this book, but, if the same story was written in the prose form, I do not think it would have conveyed what it meant to convey through that form. ...more
Realist novels do not appeal to me. Often in their aim to portray life as it is, they tend to over-emphasize banality of everyday. However, Room was oRealist novels do not appeal to me. Often in their aim to portray life as it is, they tend to over-emphasize banality of everyday. However, Room was one of very few exceptions that I have come across in the genre.
Imagine, the person who you trust the most telling you that the world you live together in, which you believe to be true is not actually so. And before you come to terms with that fact, you're thrown into this Outside world, which you did not know existed just few days ago. No, he is not an adult trying to comprehend the complexities and contradictions of the world. He’s Jack, whose world is limited to a Room, his Ma and few storybook characters like Alice from wonderland.
Jack is a narrator who tells you things he didn't intend to. He has relationship with every object in the Room. Hence, his interaction with the outer world is always combative. For him, his frame of reference is the room and for Ma, it’s the Outside world. Only when they try to live together in the outside world, their frames of reference comes into conflict. Jack, sometimes annoys the reader with his quirkiness but not so much as to abandon him and his story. By annoying the readers, he in fact, compels us to empathize with him.
Apart from the constant dialogue that seems to take place in this mother-son relationship, the novel also makes a statement on the callousness of media, even though it’s extremely subtle.
On the whole, Room is an excellent read with a prose that is simple yet poignant and forces you to re-evaluate the world you live in—pushing you out of the Room that has been your reality.