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Feb 2013 -Life of Pi > Part 2, Chapter 37-66 *Might contain Spoilers*

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Karena (hedonistchild) Please keep comments within the chapters of 37-66.


Louise | 25 comments Am enjoying it a lot more now that I've reached the 'trapped at sea with a tiger' stage. Have always been a sucker for castaway stories and stories set at sea. I like reading about the crazy practicalities of how to survive in extreme situations with only bit of string and a ballpoint pen (or whatever).

Also now that the 'author's' voice has stopped butting in with irritating italicised present tense descriptions the writing is flowing a lot better.


Travis of NNY (TravisofNNY) | 176 comments I think part 1 just got dragged along too much was the problem.


Jessica Bruce | 439 comments I have enjoyed the intesity of the situation. However, I am such an animal lover. The part with the zebra and Orange Juice was a bit much for my little heart, lol. I am such a softy when it comes to animals. I completely understand in his situation my thoughts would be much more different. As he says, his empathy did not last long because he had to worry about his own life.

Richard Parker is my favorite part of this book so far. What an interesting and (extremely) unique relationship to have develop.


Tanya | 149 comments This part of the story is superb.
Unlike other castaway stories where there's usually nothing to live on, Pi, at least, has supplies. And his resourcefulness is astounding.
Richard Parker is cool too.
I feel really bad for Orange Juice.
That hyena had it coming. ;)
Also, I can't imagine urinating and it looking appetizing. Yikes.


Gosia | 10 comments I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hinderbrand which is also a story about shipwrecks. I guess I can`t escape the theme,lol. I have to say that 'the death of the zebra' part really shook me up and I`m really curious now how it was presented in the movie. To those of you who`ve seen the movie, which is more drastic: the scene in the movie or the description in the book?


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Karena (hedonistchild) Tanya wrote: "This part of the story is superb.
Unlike other castaway stories where there's usually nothing to live on, Pi, at least, has supplies. And his resourcefulness is astounding.
Richard Parker is cool..."


I have been engaged this entire time which is surprising me because I had not been interested in reading this book at all.

I completely agree with you. I was expecting to be bored by this part of the book, yet I'm fascinated.


Rhonda | 15 comments I didn't realixe Richard Parker wad a tiger until he was in the lifeboat with Pi. I even went back to the earlier references to see why I thought RP was a man. That totally cracked me up, and sure explains why Pi changed his mind and didn't want RP on the boat with him.


Tanya | 149 comments Karena wrote: "Tanya wrote: "This part of the story is superb.
Unlike other castaway stories where there's usually nothing to live on, Pi, at least, has supplies. And his resourcefulness is astounding.
Richard ..."


This part is quite pleasant, regardless of the scenario...so enjoy it while it lasts ;)


Gosia | 10 comments I really enjoyed the part about how much fear impacts human reasoning and body.


Brittany Massey I love when cats are given people names!


Marwa (_MIA_) | 226 comments I haven't finished that part yet, but so far I came to this conclusion. I HATE HYENAS. I should be more tolerant, but I'm not.


Jessica Bruce | 439 comments Marwa wrote: "I haven't finished that part yet, but so far I came to this conclusion. I HATE HYENAS. I should be more tolerant, but I'm not."

I agree with your emotions towards the hyenas. I wish I had gotten some warning about the hyena situation, I was in tears.


Marwa (_MIA_) | 226 comments Jessica wrote: "Marwa wrote: "I haven't finished that part yet, but so far I came to this conclusion. I HATE HYENAS. I should be more tolerant, but I'm not."

I agree with your emotions towards the hyenas. I wish ..."


What was worse to me, was that I didn't feel sorry in the least when Richard Parker attacked the hyena.


Jessica Bruce | 439 comments I didn't at all. I felt like i got some good revenge from it.


Karena (hedonistchild) holly rose wrote: "Marwa wrote: "Jessica wrote: "Marwa wrote: "I haven't finished that part yet, but so far I came to this conclusion. I HATE HYENAS. I should be more tolerant, but I'm not."

I agree with your emotio..."


Holly, we are keeping this thread to only chapters 37 - 66 so we can't have spoilers for the end because people haven't read that far. I deleted your comment so there wasn't any spoilers. We broke the book up this way so people could comment as they go. :) Thanks!


Margaret I am in the midst of this section and still not really loving the book though I feel compelled to continue. The graphic descriptions of the hyena's actions were very upsetting. I don't have a romantic view of nature and I don't care that much about hyenas but I was still cringing and felt it was just too much graphic description. Hoping there is a point to it later!


Marwa (_MIA_) | 226 comments Margaret wrote: "I am in the midst of this section and still not really loving the book though I feel compelled to continue. The graphic descriptions of the hyena's actions were very upsetting. I don't have a rom..."

I agree with you that this part was overly graphic. It was my least enjoyable part so far.

Another thought that occured to me through this part was that we owe it to the Richard Parkers of our lives that helped us keep focused amidst calamity.


Marwa (_MIA_) | 226 comments Karena wrote: "We broke the book up this way so people could comment as they go. :)

Karena, that was an awesome idea. I wish we continue it in future reads. It helps keeping focused instead of cramming up a review in the end where ideas slip your mind at certain parts.


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Karena (hedonistchild) Marwa wrote: "Karena wrote: "We broke the book up this way so people could comment as they go. :)

Karena, that was an awesome idea. I wish we continue it in future reads. It helps keeping focused instead of cr..."


Thanks! We did it back with Cloud Atlas and I totally forgot about it with The Age of Innocence and A Christmas Carol was just so short that it was hard to break up. We will continue to do this. Sherlock might be tough since we've left it as dealer's choice for which stories everyone reads, but I think we'll just open a thread for each Sherlock book as I think they're short(ish) stories and that would be a lot of threads for a lot of books.


Jessica Bruce | 439 comments Margaret wrote: "I am in the midst of this section and still not really loving the book though I feel compelled to continue. The graphic descriptions of the hyena's actions were very upsetting. I don't have a rom..."

Keep reading. Once you read the ending...it all comes together quite rapidly.


Margaret OK, thanks for the encouragement to keep going. I'm almost done with this section and am suddenly enjoying it more! I think I will make it!


Jennifer | 16 comments I thought over the graphic nature of this section and reasoned out why the author might have included it. It appears he is trying to depict the continuum of behaviors with in the human condition. I propose that leaving out the horror of the behavior that occurs outside the "zoo" where freedom equals anarchy would dilute the message.


Andreea | 49 comments i really like this part way better than the first...i love the author's description of human thoughts and emotions(that part with the fear),it's like i 'm in pi's head .or when he's really ,really thirsty ,i sware i too had to drink water...


Elizabeth Moffat | 36 comments I am a big animal lover so I really enjoyed this part of the book. And yes, the hyena definitely got what was coming to him! (shudders)


Alana (alanasbooks) | 136 comments Gosia wrote: "I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hinderbrand which is also a story about shipwrecks. I guess I can`t escape the theme,lol. I have to say that 'the death of the zebra' part really shook me up and..."

I too read Unbroken earlier this year and I kept thinking about descriptions in that book. Such a different experience (view spoiler)

I didn't like the descriptions of all the ways he created his raft and such, but mostly because I just have a hard time visualizing things like that. I read Robinson Crusoe last year and had the same problem. I liked the ingenuity, but reading about every single step? I found myself fazing in and out.


Alana (alanasbooks) | 136 comments Rhonda wrote: "I didn't realixe Richard Parker wad a tiger until he was in the lifeboat with Pi. I even went back to the earlier references to see why I thought RP was a man. That totally cracked me up, and sure..."

That was me, too, I couldn't figure out why he was suddenly so scared of him! :)


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