I’m sorry there was no week 5, but life caught up with me. Enjoy ❤
52 Week Book Challenge 2013, Book Reviews
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February 11, 2013 at 01:17
I hated this book. Couldn’t stand it. I kept reading because everyone insisted it was fantastic, but I just couldn’t get into it at all. It baffles me that being stranded on a rowboat with a freaking tiger could be boring, but it was.
And it’s not a matter of being bored by the philosophy because I really like philosophy. The story was just dull to me.
Also, what the heck was up with that island?
February 17, 2013 at 04:14
True. Some writing styles just don’t mesh with people. Have you ever read The Alchemist? It’s got a ton of philosophy, but I know some people hated how it was written. I didn’t mind it, it made me think.
You would think being on a boat with a tiger would be more exciting… poor thing was just so listless that it didn’t do much.
February 18, 2013 at 10:05
I wouldn’t say the tiger was ‘listless’, at least not to begin with. We see a very limited view of the tiger though, only though Pi’s mind, which is unreliable to begin with.
I have to say that I love the fact that the tiger is called Richard Parker. It’s just so surreal. I think it comes down to the way Pi is trying to humanise the tiger, and in his malhourished mind, he thinks that he is forming a sort of friendship with it when actually the tiger is just being a tiger, and there is not really any relationship between the two that goes beyond animal instinct.
February 18, 2013 at 09:57
I did like it. It’s not on my list of favourite books, but I certainly don’t regret reading it.
That island was… well, yeah. o.o
February 16, 2013 at 23:08
I read this book last summer and had very mixed feelings about it.
on the one hand, I loved, as you mentioned, Pi’s triple-faith, and deep spirituality. As a not-very-religious-but-interested-in-religion person myself, I loved reading about how one person could accept different faiths as complementary rather than contradictory. However, I took some issue with his scorn of agnosticism (and confusion of agnosticism with atheism!) as a self-identified agnostic.
I also liked the subversive ending, for the same reasons you mentioned. I wonder if it’s only me, but I actually find the story with the animals more believable than the one with the humans!
But the majority of the book left me frustrated, mostly with Pi’s dull, holier-than-thou voice. There are a few really nice quotes, as you said, but most of the time it felt to me like he was preaching down to me. I suppose he has some right to from surviving such a journey, but it still alienated me.
It leaves me wondering if the real Pi Patel was truly like that (it was based on a true story if I recall correctly?) or if it is simply an overexaggeration by the author to give the story more of a hook.
February 17, 2013 at 04:11
I don’t remember the “dull, holier-than-thou voice”. :p Maybe I should read it again, now that I am older and so much more mature.
I believe the one with the animals. It makes more sense than it doesn’t, in my view. It does really connect with choosing which is true and having that faith about it.
February 18, 2013 at 11:58
‘complementary rather than contradictory’ – THIS.
I have to say that I don’t think he was confusing atheism with agnosticism, rather that he didn’t believe that someone could choose to be agnostic. I sort of see where he’s coming from in the sense that agnosticism seems to be a transitional state that is not chosen, but dealt with. If that makes sense? I guess what I’m trying to say is that to be agnostic by definition is to be uncertain, and no one chooses to be uncertain about their beliefs, they just ARE uncertain. I felt that the criticism was not of being agnostic, but rather choosing to live as if agnosticism was a religion.
Oh, I definitely liked the story with the animals better, and I love to think that it’s the real story, but a small part of me likes the fact that we don’t really know for sure. I love stories with unreliable narrators!
Like Bramble, I didn’t get a holier-than-thou voice coming through. I guess I was convinced by his strength of faith and therefore it didn’t feel like preaching, but rather a fact of life for him.
I didn’t know it was based on a real story, but if that is the case then that certainly throws up some interesting questions of authorial voice vs character voice.
(also, miss you <3)
February 17, 2013 at 04:08
My feelings on this book were mixed, though I read it at the beginning of either freshman or sophomore year and so only remember somewhat how I felt about it. I did consider it a good book for two reasons – it made me think, and I can still remember practically all of what happened even though I read it once almost two years ago.
The imagery in it was spectacular, as I can remember certain scenes very vividly, particularly (spoilers ahead, for you who haven’t read) catching and eating the sea turtle, the carnivorous island with the teeth, and the tiger running off.
I would say I liked it, but that it’s not something I would normally read for pleasure. It’s great how he just wants to love God and gathers three religions about him to try and accomplish ultimate closeness with Him. It alarmed me to think how easy it would be to lose everything and be thrown into suffering and danger like he was. The carnivorous island spooked me, though I guess that speaks of how good the literature is.
I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 Looking forward for more of these things, I think they’re quite nice. Love your accent/pronunciation as always. Looking forward to hearing about your week. What was the one Twitter post about, with the 8 hours of bus travel? Proactivity (not a word…) is very good, yes. I’m very glad about that – let me know how it went. ❤
February 18, 2013 at 12:07
Do you think it’s a book you’ll read again? I always find it interesting to see how my relationship with a particular book progresses over time. I agree that there are definitely certain parts of the book that I won’t forget easily.
I love the idea of embracing multiple religions – it sits very close to my own views on religion as a means to the same end.
The island was one of the most memorable parts of the book for me. It was very unexpected, but I sort of liked that part for some strange reason that I can’t quite put my finger on yet.
The last two weeks have literally been hectic, but I’m off to write an email now.
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