Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Life of Pi

I completed this book last week.The verdict i can give is, 'it is not that boring', considering it got Booker prize last year. During the 2 weeks i spent in reading this book, i never felt like giving up on it. Yeah, there are some books which are so boring, you give up on them. One example is "Fools Die" by Mario Puzo. I picked it up after getting blown away by his other book, "Godfather". After about 25 pages of "Fools Die", my interest died.

Coming to Life of Pi, it is the story of an Indian boy, named Piscine Patel, after a famous swimming pool.He changes his name to Pi (yes, 3.14) to escape the boys in his school who wanted to change it to Pissing. Pi patel grows to love all religions and Gods. His father owned a zoo in Pondichery. All is well until Emergency is declared and life becomes tough.They decide to immigrate to Canada, taking with them the animals which they have sold to zoos in Canada.Their ship sinks in the Pacific, and Pi is the lone survivor..wait. He and the Bengal Tiger in their zoo, Richard Parker are the survivors.


They end up on the same lifeboat.How he survives Richard Parker? how long to reach land? These are the questions answered in the story.

The first part details Pi's childhood and time till the ship journey, and it is quite a lot of fun. After the ship sinks, some boredom does creep in. There are some chapters dedicated to the discussion of different type of fishes, and what he sees around him (clue:pretty much nothing).

Now i am reading the bestseller, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. It's movie is releasing this month end. It is a love story between a vampire and a human girl (she is the protagonist).

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