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MONTHLY GROUP READS > November Read - Life of Pi

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Anastasia (sun_and_sand) | 10 comments Welcome all. This is a discussion of Life of Pi. It runs for the whole of November, and I hope many will participate, read and discuss.

As a start of, I'm posting the blurb, to make sure even those just passing through now what's it about.

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreak are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan...and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years.


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I did try to read this book a few years ago, and only got halfway. So this is a good reason for me to try it again.


Iuliana Naughton | 26 comments I read this last year and really enjoyed it. It is definitely worth giving it another go Sam.


Anastasia (sun_and_sand) | 10 comments I think the best thing to do is try start it on a good day when you're not rushed. This book is quite heavy in information. But it is well worth trying to read. I'm half way through and love it.


Anastasia (sun_and_sand) | 10 comments So, its near the end of November, how's everyone doing? Any opinions so far?


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Hi I'm new and am about to say something unfashionable. I know one is supposed to be in awe of lauded and awarded books like this but I'm afraid I hated it. I thought it obscure mystical nonsense with no meaning or message and very little entertainment value. It was a struggle to read and I'm afraid I think it was over-hyped, over-exposed and over-valued.
Sorry.
davidrory.


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@ David -I agree with you. I did try to read this book a few years ago and only got halfway, I'm going to try to read it again.


Anastasia (sun_and_sand) | 10 comments Its a very heavy read, with a lot of information. I personally didn't find it enlightening. I did learn a lot about Zoology though.


John Braine (trontsephore) Surprised to see how little people seemed to enjoy this. I really liked it.

David I know what you mean about 'Mystical Nonsense'. I'm an Atheist, and skeptic of all things mystical and woo - and sometimes this can interfere in my enjoyment of books, yes even fiction but this just worked for me somehow.

And yes hype can all but ruin a book too. I'm pretty sure hype can turn a good book to an average book, and turn an average book into a thoroughly mediocre book. I read this years ago btw.


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