Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life of Pi

Wow, it has been a while since I last added a post! Things have gone from busy to extra busy around here. We went on a family vacation for, have been doing all the end of the school year activities and found out we are moving.

I finally managed to finish reading Life of Pi

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

When I finished this book I couldn't stop thinking about it. It is one of those books that really make you ponder on it's meaning. I thought it was wonderfully thought provoking. Even though it took me a while to finish, it was well worth my time.

It took me some time to finish it because it is filled with lengthy descriptions and the first part is mostly  filled with Pi's thoughts on zoo's and religion. A strange combination I know, but once you read the story the connection makes complete sense. My favorite line was, "I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both."

I really related with Pi. I may not have grown up in a zoo but I have worked at one and I agreed with many of his opinions about zoos. People often make the mistake of putting anthropomorphize animals and base what they believe is their well being on things that are not even true.

It was easy to picture what Pi was going through and his story was fascinating. I'm excited to watch the movie to see if it matches how I envisioned it in my mind. The author did an amazing job of making me truly understand what Pi went through on his journey at sea. It was sad yet hopeful story and the ending was perfect.

Possible Spoiler:
It made me stop and think about which story, Pi told, I believed. I thought it was interesting when he asks them which story is better and they respond the one with animals and then he responded that it is the same with God. It made me think that it is better to believe in the hope that belief in God gives then to not believe that there is anything greater out there. So if I believe in God, shouldn't a believe that the story with the animals was the true story too?

Anyway, I could ramble on and on. I know it is a fictional story but I really love it when a book makes me think about what I believe in. And does anyway else like to read through the Reading Group questions at the end? I think this would make a pretty good book to read in school. There are so many essays that could be written about this book!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baby Proof

Baby Proof
By Emily Giffin

I picked up this book at a garage sale because I enjoyed reading her other book Something Borrowed.

This story is about a women who does not want children and what she does when her husband changes his mind and decides that he does want a baby after all.

At times I found myself being annoyed with her stubbornness and how quickly she seemed to think that divorce was the answer. It felt like they a great marriage, had one bad fight and then called it quits. I found this annoying because to me marriage is so much more then that. It takes hard work and in this case divorce seemed like to simple of a solution.

That being said this was actually a very engaging book. It is very well written and it was easy to understand why she felt the way she did. I really enjoyed watching her grow and change in the novel. I liked the ending and felt like she finally reach the same conclusion I had at the beginning of the book. I guess it just shows that sometimes in life it takes a few more chapters or even an entire book to figure out the obvious!

I do have to warn anyone interested in reading this book that there are quiet a few F- words through out the book and lots of sexual references and encounters (although none of them were super descriptive, thankfully).