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!

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