Book Review – Life Of Pi – Yann Martel

‘A terrific book… fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore.’ – Sunday Times

“This book is about as thought inciting as they come, it creates an extraordinary environment where the reader is left to question its integrity for themselves. Yet it is done in such a way that makes this highly unusual situation very believable.”

Following the devastating sinking of a freight ship, a lone lifeboat remains bobbing on the endless, Pacific ocean. The only survivors from the destruction are a sixteen-year-old boy called Pi, a hyena, zebra, a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

This story however is not an upfront tale of a boy lost at sea. It gives the reader an intriguing perception into our own souls. Pi’s bravery and tenacity take him a huge distance and allows him to experience the whole of what life throws at you. The unusual friendship he creates is not built on trust, but on the never-ending fear of being left entirely alone.

The language in the book is seriously moving. Vibrant descriptions generate memorable images, it will leave you astonished at the compelling truth of the situation.

Martel’s magnificent writing style and glorious imagery make for an unquestionably enchanting read throughout. The use of short chapters, which might otherwise prove to splinter a story line, actually creates a seamless flow, making for a very enjoyable read.

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