Life of Pi by Martel Yann

How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club – Book 8

Genre: Contemporary / Fantasy

Additional: I did see the movie first…
I liked the movie.

Synopsis: After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors are a Pi, 16-year-old boy, a spotted hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger. As the ‘crew’ begin to grow restless and assert their natural place in the food chain, Pi’s fear mounts and he must use his wit, knowledge and faith to survive against all odds.

200words (or less) review: Truthfully if this hadn’t been a book club book I don’t think I would have finished it. For me it falls into the same category as The Five People You Met in Heaven, a book spends so much of the narration being deep that you miss the story.

Life of Pi is a brilliant idea; Pi is stuck on a boat with a tiger. You want to read that story right? But so much of it is buried under chapter after chapter of… words. Many many words that will really appeal to some people, and I’m glad for that, but they didn’t to me. Which left me focusing on the adventure part of the story and there wasn’t enough of it.

I shouldn’t have found this book boring but I did. I really had to make myself read it and that’s a shame because I liked Pi and I thought the way Richard Parker comes to life is so well done. There are little gems hidden amongst the pages but not enough to make me want to continue reading.

Life of Pi isn’t a bad book but it wasn’t for me.

Recommend it?

Not sure

3 thoughts on “Life of Pi by Martel Yann

  1. Hmm, interesting. Now I’m even more curious if I will like it or not.

    Have you seen the movie? I’m wondering how it compares for you. Like, maybe the movie is better because it’s more adventure and less words?

  2. I wonder if seeing the movie first has influenced the reading of the book. I loved the book, but have yet to see the movie. And I don’t think that I have ever seen a movie and then read the book; it’s always the reverse for me. Most of the time, I don’t like to see the movie at all. Interesting review 🙂

  3. This was a book that was selected to be read at my book club but not one that was chosen in the end. I’ve heard good things about it but am not sure if it’s really the right thing for me. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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