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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:29 pm
by tony h
This was given to me by a friend and I started to read it with no great expectation. I found it an enjoyable read, with some concepts that would I think appeal to word wizards.

The ending is not so much a twist as an interesting philosophy. It has made me think in different ways on some occaisions.

regards

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:27 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I don't want to quarrel with you, Tony, but that is the most vague and tepid book recommendation I have ever read -- so much so that I marvel at the fact that you could be bothered to post it here at all. :-)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:08 pm
by tony h
Ah well, the truth is I have never had the temerity to recommend a novel to anyone and I am rather embarrassed at doing so here. The fact that I have done so must be a recommendation in its own right.

The story starts in India with a boy born to a Zoo manager. (After this I am not really quite sure what to say.) It has an interestingly weird story line; an intriguing take on the interplay of a multi-religious society; but you have to make it to the last chapter as this really (for me at least) brings together all thoughts (not the plot) of the rest of the book. Not a book that would go to film : it is a words and thought book.

The reason for posting. Well partly to find out if anyone else had read it and enjoyed it.

(This writer is clearly not a book reviewer!)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:14 pm
by Shelley
Enjoyed it! (I thought it was going be a layperson’s history of the number "pi" -- Pi is a person, not a number!) I've passed the book on, and now you’ve brought it up, I wish I had my copy so's I could check the philosophy, and the ending. (I often forget endings. What I take away from a book sometimes is really small -- a line, a scene, a paragraph . . .)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:34 pm
by tony h
So did I when I saw it on the bookstalls. But the boy has an influential swimming-mad uncle who insists that he is named after the greatest swimming pool in the world : Piscine Molitor Patel - obviously a French swimming pool. Happy with his name he gets to school. There The name "Piscine", gets corrupted to "Pissing". At the next school Piscine takes back the initative and gives himelf the nickname PI : 3.14.

This change in the way things are viewed because of the names they are given is a tune that continues through the book.

Shelley, I agree, for me the line is at the end but I won't quote it just in case you are inclined to read it.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:46 pm
by drvicky
I thought this was an EXCELLENT book and have recommended it several times. Whoever reads it, loves it! I was surprised to enjoy it so much as if I had been told to read it simply based on the plot, I would have passed. But it is engrossing, on many levels.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:20 am
by tony h
Erik, I think Vicki has highlighted the problem with trying to review the book. I have since read a number of reviews for it (to try and find out how to do it) but all of them talk about plot. But it is not the plot that is important in making it a good read it is, for me, the philosophy but the book is not overtly philosophical.
Do try it and the ending ranks for me as one of the very best.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:20 am
by spiritus
A rose by any other name is still Pi.(;-)