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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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Jul 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: borrowed, adult, religion, reviewed, realistic-fiction, philosophy, inspirational, favorites, fiction, contemporary-fiction, 1001-books, thought-provoking, 100-books-tfg
Recommended to Joyzi by: Charles Van
Recommended for: Those who like inspirational and philosophical books

Taken from Chapter 22 of Life of Pi

"I can well imagine an atheist's last words: "White, white! L-L-Love! My God!" - and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, "Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain," and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story."

This is a very typical story of faith against adversity and faith still manage to triumph in the end. What makes it unique is that Pi, the main character is a Hindu, a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. His trial of faith and survival starts when the ship that he and his family together with their animals (because they are zookeepers) sink in the Pacific.

He found himself inside a lifeboat together with his animals orangutan, hyena, zebra and a tiger. It was similar to the movie Castaway, but instead of being totally alone he has animals with him. It was actually pretty similar to National Geographic and you will learn a lot about animals and their behaviors.

I think this book is really informative and thought provoking and very brutal. There are scenes that are really horrendous like cannibalism, etc. However, all in all I think this is really a must read. Its get kind of weird and boring sometimes, but it's not really preachy.

I think it has a lot of symbolism that I just can't interpret yet. I think the tiger and the other animals maybe symbolize something.

What I learned from it is that sometimes we really need to believe in the unbelievable and believe in something, whatever religion it is. This book actually acknowledges Atheism, but not Agnosticism. I think what the author tries to point out is that better believe than doubt and just make a stand. Believe in Science if not Religion or believe in Religion than doubt both Religion and Science.
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Quotes Joyzi Liked

Yann Martel
“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Yann Martel
“If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Reading Progress

July 23, 2011 – Shelved
July 23, 2011 – Shelved as: borrowed
September 7, 2011 – Started Reading
September 23, 2011 –
page 148
44.71% "This has lots of internal dialogues."
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: adult
October 6, 2011 – Shelved as: religion
October 6, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: reviewed
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: realistic-fiction
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: philosophy
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: inspirational
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
November 19, 2011 – Shelved as: 1001-books
November 30, 2011 – Shelved as: thought-provoking
December 19, 2011 – Shelved as: 100-books-tfg

Comments (showing 1-6 of 6) (6 new)

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Ayundabhuwana I just reread this book! I really liked it (: What do you think about it so far?

Joyzi I'm just starting. I think it's really funny having too many religions and his family is also having a really hard time. But there's really nothing wrong with being a Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian all at the same time. Maybe they have different Gods but I think the values of religion are all the same regardless of who the God is.

Ayundabhuwana I agree. Wait for the next part of the book, it gets better and better (:

Ryan Mac I spy with my little eye a tiger.

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Sonia Limbang I like to think that the tiger is Pi, as is expressed in the alternate story without animals.

Kerry An atheist would never say those things as his last words.

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