Life of Pi by Yann Martel

lifeOfPiLife of Pi is amazing – it’s really different, and has a sort of cheerful innocence about it that is considered passé in the modern novel – it’s another great Canadian book with the best surprise ending since Richler’s Barney’s Version.Life of Pi is the tale of a shipwrecked teenage boy who floats aimlessly from India to Mexico on a life-raft with a Bengal tiger as his only companion.   A good two thirds of the book has no dialogue in it whatsoever.  The obvious consequence of this is that all of the conflict must be derived from tension within the boy’s head.  It’s a story of survival – both physical and mental – tackling the boredom and the feeling of desperate abandonment is almost as great a challenge as is the mammoth task of staying alive whilst afloat on the ocean.

The boy himself is a wonderful creation – a loving, endearingly pure and innocent boy who seeks communion with God without being grating about it.  One of the best books I’ve read in a long while – highly, highly, highly recommended.

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