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message 1: by Jill (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Jill Though I've never read it, I hear that people either love love love it or hate hate hate it. I mean--I can't think of anything better than being stuck on a small boat with a tiger... It's like castaway. With a tiger.

message 2: by Nancy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Nancy I must respectfully disagree with both comparisons. Put me in lovelovelove it. It is neither Blue Dolphins nor Castaway.

I have an interpretation that few others do, but I won't ruin it for you.

But I think Martel is a genius. I also especially liked the short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios.

message 3: by Jill (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Jill Don't get me wrong--I loved Castaway.

But it would have been better, with a tiger.

message 4: by Gabe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new)

Gabe It's like nothing else. And it has a tiger...

I think I may be with Nancy on the interpretation, but I feel as though I could use to read it again before I commit.

As for why men liked it? Beats me, I'm a guy and I liked it, but I couldn't tell you what appealed to my manliness. Except the sort of philosophical 'coming of age' for a boy. Oh, and then there's that tiger, maybe that had something to do with it.

message 5: by Gabe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new)

Gabe Oh, and I could start a whole thread on this, so someone please tell me where to do it...

Reading ahead? Scanning? Reading chapter titles? (as multiple HP friends did after buying midnight copies and right before crashing [lame.:])

These are all practices which I avoid like the plague. I wish to have the story revealed to me one word at a time, in the order presented, and without knowing that there's a chapter called "The White Tomb" at the end. Eff that! No mid-read spoilers for me.

And as for people who skip to the last page? Well, I'll stop here, before I say bad words...

message 6: by Malbadeen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Malbadeen Gabe - consider this analogy: When I first started running I was so focused on the pavement in front of me I'd look up and realize I was at an intersection and would need to make a decision. Well....that's what I'm doing with this book - I'm just looking up for a second to see if I want to turn left or right or end the run all together. It truely was just a glance at words and I'm going to keep reading, if nothing else because I'm curious what the hype is all about.
p.s. I admit I have skipped to the last page of a book or two as well. They were so crappy, I knew I wasn't going to finish them so I figured, why not right?

message 7: by Carolanne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Carolanne If you need a barfing partner...I am SO there!

message 8: by Chris (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

Chris Marie, if I hadn't liked you already, this review would make me love you. I've never read this book but always had the vague sense I wouldn't like it and respectfully avoided all the various recomendations I recieved. Your review confirms all my prejudices, and might just allow me to add this book to my "Books I discuss as if I've read" shelf.

"Cheesed out boat-ride to enlightenment" might be a shelf of its own and describe a large number of books I hate . . .

message 9: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:42PM) (new)

Paul Bryant Ho ho, funniest review I read in a while, in one fell swoop you've sold me on the idea of this Goodreads website thing. I think I'll stay a while. I love to see people putting the boot into a bad book with such gusto.

message 10: by Rob (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:59PM) (new)

Rob Hi Marie,

Great review! You got my vote.

message 11: by Leslie (new)

Leslie You took my thoughts right out of my brain, Marie! I think it would have been a great book if the author had not chosen to spoon feed the reader the point of the story at the end. I was so dissapointed!

message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I like your review! It's well written and fun to read! I wish I could write reviews as well as you do!

message 13: by Pam (last edited Jul 15, 2009 06:29AM) (new)

Pam Well, at least I'm glad I'm not alone in not liking it. What am I missing? I read Marie's review and still don't get it.

message 14: by smetchie (new)

smetchie I loved this book. However, I admit that I just ignored the last part and created an ending in my head that went how I thought it should. I do that a lot.

message 15: by Skalich (new)

Skalich Well the end is the most striking part of a book that is gripping reader from almost every page. The end ... Oh my God it sent goosebumps down my spine for a week after reading it :)

message 16: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Completely agree with you. I couldn't have put it better myself! Just finished the book and kept thinking, what the hell am I missing? And then the ending happened and I felt like I wasted my time ploughing through the whole drawn out castaway story.

message 17: by Annie (new)

Annie Thank you!! I just finished the book and left with that same feeling. Like I missed something, but totally didn't. There just wasn't much there to get.

message 18: by Nikita (new)

Nikita S I read this book my freshman year of high school and pretty much had the same impresssion as you, though I lack your eloquence. My teacher kept telling me that I did not like it because I didn't understand but in reality, there was much to be desired. Thanks for a great and hilarious review.

message 19: by Franky (new)

Franky Entertaining, funny review. I feel the same way about this book, like philosophy was being shoved down my throat. The whole ending with the questioning...uhh...gosh, I hated that part of the book. I felt like I was being duped the whole time. And what is up with the cookies at the end? Maybe he just had a sweet tooth. You're explanation works best, though.

message 20: by Mary (new)

Mary Fly If you haven't read it you should. You ma'am did miss the point. Just because you can't wrap you simple mind around his story doesn't mean it's bad. And everyone I have personally talk to only don't like it for the exact reason of they missed the point and only read at the surface. Maybe you should read it again and actually use your brain this time.

message 21: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen Usually I put forth an effort to make a light hearted comment back when someone disagrees with my opinion or, as you did here, pointedly insults me. I like to try and steer things back in the direction of realizing that this is a sight full of opinions and not actually a tool of high brow literary communications that some people like to make it out to be.

I don't want to sound like a bitch and it doesn't bother me one wit if people strongly disagree with my view so I frequently up the insult been given me and respond from that perspective. On another day I might tell you that my "simple mind" appreciates your suggestion to re-read the book again and perhaps even invite you to show me how to do this "using my brain" thing that you mentioned.

But I don't have it in me today. Today I'm just kind of bored of it - ? or - I don't know. I just don't care.

So Mary, sorry if you think my simple mind can't wrap itself around what you enjoyed and sorry that you've had to bump into so many other people that also don't get the point. And sorry that I subjected you to my opinion via this public forum. But I still don't like the book and I'm so okay with that, that I will never actually re-read it and I will likely forget all about this book and your distaste of me, until someone else brings it up again,

message 22: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I enjoy checking out varying opinions on Goodreads; it's what makes for great discussion, though these should never become personal attacks. We are all entitled to our opinions & what we reap (or don't) from any given work. I just finished Life of Pi & am intrigued that dear friends either loved or didn't love it. For what it's worth, Life of Pi is often categorized (though labels are confining) as magic realism. I found your review interesting because the parts that smack of magic realism are those you enjoyed the least. A prime example of magic realism is Like Water For Chocolate. I enjoyed the novel & coerced my husband into watching the film. I don't know if you've read the book or seen the film, which attempts to follow the book religiously, but my husband couldn't stand the "stretched reality" and symbolism. I understood his frustration & can readily understand why others don't care for it in Life of Pi.

message 23: by Janice (new)

Janice It is an amazing book, that ending when he describes what really happened. After all those pages thinking "why don't they eat each other?" you come to realized that richard parker was his inner tiger, his inner animal, his instincts... It is one of my favourites books for sure

message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah This review actually made me want to read it to find out for myself... I laughed aloud at your clever opinion. Thank you!

message 25: by Amy (new)

Amy Hello, random person here. Your review—totally misguided. Your review sucked, simply. It's horrible. There is nothing in Life of Pi that should be negatively rated. You say you're drowning in morals. Well that's just because you can't swim! This book was great—in no way boring, too religious, or anything of the sort. Believe me, I'm trying to keep calm as I write this. The first part was informational, more of story-like account: the fun part of the story. Then you have the middle section—a boy is left alone with a bunch of animals, trying to survive out there in the middle of the ocean. It's quite emotional. He has a journey in a giant plant-island, lives with meerkats, meets another surviver, and does everything in his power to live with his usually malevolent partner, Richard Parker. In the last section, he talks with two others about what actually happened. It was amusing and entertaining! Not something you CRITICIZE or MOCK!!!!!! So, HOW DARE YOU TURN THIS STORY INTO SOMETHING YOU MAKE FUN OF!!!!! Clearly, you were bored of this book. If you don't like AWESOME BOOKS, DON'T READ THIS! Stick to whatever petty reads you like, and stay out of Life of Pi, which some readers actually call 'a good book.'

message 26: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen Dear "Random person" (otherwise known as Amy),

Please accept my apologies for DARING to CRITICIZE, MOCK, and MAKE FUN OF this AWESOME BOOK. Clearly I did not give the boys "journey in a giant plant-island" where he lives with meerkats the credit it deserves.

I hope the situation can be rectified by my sincerest agreement to never "READ THIS" book again. and to get back to my the "petty reads I like" ASAP.

Hope all is forgiven and best wishes for a happy New Year,

message 27: by Jason (last edited Dec 11, 2012 08:52AM) (new)

Jason Boy you're causing all sorts of trouble on Goodreads. I just saw your The Art of Racing in the Rain review yesterday. Give it a break already and stop ruining people's FAVORITE BOOKS books with your CRITICISMS and your—omg—OPINIONS!

Because random people everywhere are crying, you see.

message 28: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Niziol Yeah, this book sucked when I read it 7 years ago and I'm sure it still sucks. Great review!!

message 29: by Michelle (new)

Michelle If you didn't like this book you must not like tigers. Tiger hater!

message 30: by Aryn (new)

Aryn Your review: It was exactly what I thought of the movie, I left feeling like I'd been hit by a 2 by 4. I actually enjoyed the book, strangely enough.

Also, why is it that people get their panties all twisted over social media book reviews?

message 31: by Jason (last edited Dec 11, 2012 08:48AM) (new)

Jason Michelle wrote: "If you didn't like this book you must not like tigers. Tiger hater!"

I hate the new iTunes.

message 32: by Michelle (new)

Michelle iTunes hater! Animal hater!

message 33: by Jason (new)

Jason Aryn wrote: "Also, why is it that people get their panties all twisted over social media book reviews?"

1st World problems.

message 34: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Third world hater!

message 35: by Sarah (new)

Sarah First of all, Marie, I miss the crap out of you. Seeing you once a year just isn't doing it for me.

Second, I don't understand this compulsion to berate a reviewer for not liking a book, no matter how much I might love that book. Different people like different things, and I don't know why it needs to be taken so personally. And sometimes, an open and respectful discourse about the book can lead to appreciating it in a new way (my review on Atonement is a perfect example - the book went from two stars to four). And while I might be sad that someone doesn't like something I loved, in no way do I think that makes the person stupid or amoral (unless the thing you don't like is musicals. Because then you're just a moron).

Third, If you didn't like this book you must not like tigers. Tiger hater! Michelle is my favorite.

message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Fourth, I haven't read this book or seen the movie yet so I don't know if I agree with you, but I'm liking your review just to spite Amy and Mary.

message 37: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (unless the thing you don't like is musicals. Because then you're just a moron)


message 38: by Jason (new)

Jason Musical hater!

message 39: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Michelle gets a pass because she actually came to see me in the Worst Musical Ever.

message 40: by Michelle (new)

Michelle You were good! Sure, you were too young for your role, but you were still good!

message 41: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Thanks... I wish you had seen Ragtime instead.

message 42: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Me too.

message 43: by Jason (new)

Jason Can we get back to how Malbadeen is ruining people's lives, please?

message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah So sorry. Back to your torches and pitchforks.

message 45: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen Remember when it was 2008 and I read this book? Other things I probably hated in 2008 and couldn't care less about now:
-a dry sandwhich ordered for lunch.
-underwear that were too tight or too high waisted.
-another scratch on my car.
-a rude comment made by a sales assistant somewhere.
-seeing another starbucks pop up next to a good coffee shop.
-an idiotic thing my ex-husband said or did.
-not being able to find a matching sock for work.
-an irritating classmate.
-the weather.
-the temperature.
-the decore.
-the music.
-your mom.

message 46: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Malbadeen wrote: "Remember when it was 2008 and I read this book? Other things I probably hated in 2008 and couldn't care less about now:
-a dry sandwhich ordered for lunch.
-underwear that were too tight or too hig..."


That's the best "your mom" joke I've heard from you in a while.

message 47: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Amy wrote: "Believe me, I'm trying to keep calm as I write this. "

This made me laugh so hard I had a hacking cough fit.

(I have the flu.)

message 48: by Sarah (new)

Sarah You guys, Amy's full name is Amy Awesome. So obviously, she must know what she's talking about. Because she's awesome.

message 49: by Jason (new)

Jason I bet she says 'Prowst'.

message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Probably. If she's single, I know a guy she might like.

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