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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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This isn't my usual kind of book, with its long passages of wordless nautical adventure and savage kill-or-be-killed food chain gore. I think what kept me reading was the gentleness of the narrator and the wide-eyed, painstaking, engagingly human description of his experiences. This was a vegetarian kid forced to either kill or starve, and we are utterly convinced of the difficulty of his actions. While a lot of what happens in this book was not easy for me to read, I could at least empathize with what was happening instead of feeling as though I'm once again the unwilling recipient of gratuitous blood and guts. This is a gentle book about not-gentle things. At worst, it's a bit of a literary endurance test - but at just around 400 pages, it's not that painstaking. Just hang in there. At best, it's a palette cleanser for bookworms. If you need a break from that long chain of bodice rippers or serial sci-fi, here you go.
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