Review by Edan
Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Seal Books
Pi Patel lives in Pondicherry, India on a zoo owned by his father. He loves to study two subjects, animals and religion. Pi is a devote Hindu, Catholic and Muslim. He has his own opinions and thoughts that aren't always excepted. Finally, his parents are forced to sell the zoo. They go on a cargo ship called the Tsimtsum with the zoo animals heading to Canada. Soon, the ship sinks and Pi is thrown onto a lifeboat with a bengal tiger. He realizes he will have to work twice as hard to find a way to alive with the tiger (Richard Parker). As Pi struggles to survive, he learns to love his companion Richard Parker and they both experience amazing scenes and mystical events. Will these two castaways survive on a adventure they will never understand?
Life of Pi is a crazy, nerve racking story. The first half was a little boring and confusing as Pi describes his ideas, beliefs and life in Pondicherry, but is still interesting and intriguing. The second half is an amazing unbelievable story about a boy and tiger. Because the reader is in Pi's head, it is hard to look at the scenario in someone else's perspective. You are tested to see what you believe as Pi sees many crazy and amazing things. By the end of the book, the reader has a connection with not only Pi, but also Richard Parker. The story takes many unexpected twists and has many different ideas. I loved reading this fascinating, colorful, a bit gruesome, mysterious and interesting adventurous book.