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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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Read in May, 2006

I guess I forgot to write about this book after I read it. I read it all in one day when I had to play for three commencement ceremonies in a row at Michigan State. It kept me very entertained just on a survival drama level, like Island of the Blue Dolphins or that young adult book I always liked where the girl's car went off the road and she was trapped and had to survive in her car until she got rescued. I remember there were some charming elements to it, but I was just so mad at the end when this fantastic (in the true sense of the word) survival story got derailed by symbolism. It was kind of interesting to re-consider the events in a new light, but mainly it made me feel like somebody laid out a decadent feast and I ate and ate and ate and then they told me it was actually dog food in disguise.
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Sarah Kingston I loved reading this book, because it was so weird, but I also ended up feeling so manipulated. I also loved the idea of a person who had been so injured by people and life, yet who could turn their own story into a parable, to survive psychologically. It made me wonder if there are any real people out there like that. It seems forgiving.


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