Winner of THE Man BOOKER PRIZE 2002 does not begin to describe the rich style of images and events depicted in Mr. Martel's narration of "Life of Pi."
The story opens in Pondicherry, India, told through the life of a 16 year-old boy, Pi Patel, whose father owns and runs a zoo, and who has aspirations for greater wealth and security for his family.
We learn how Pi adapts to his parents' differing attitudes on religion, and his own strong and ever-growing yearning, and ingenious methods, to more fully know and love God.
Without giving away the awesome adventure, be prepared to be carried on a sea voyage upon a tiny boat; you will experience right from where you are all his trials and tribulations; adventures and insights.
It is a moving experience, uncomfortable as it may be to read the graphic lines, because the reader feels right in the thick of the scene.
On the deeper level, Pi's experiences hit at the core of every thinking person's search for meaning in life. And, as he is on the boat a long time he does not have much else to do, spurring some interesting creativity to survive.
Pi's ingenuity was a lesson to me that when circumstances are dire, if I dive deeply into my mind and carefully refect on options, something entirely new may come to mind. His process of thinking and creating out of necessity is a model for all.
I loved the images through which the journey is revealed, because to me even though events seemed to be happening a certain way on the outer level there was an underlying storyline. Why not judge for yourself and give it a read!
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