Book review: Life of Pi (yann martel)

A novel. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002.

Winner of my heart! (I’m now feeling ashamed that I did not read it much earlier.)

Anyone who likes reading and lives the life of a passionate bookworm, please crawl into this one at the earliest! And it will crawl into your heart as effortlessly as Richard Parker twitches his ears! πŸ˜€

Life of Pi has been a book I’ve been wanting to read for as long as I can remember…but somehow, never got my hands on it. Until recently, I went to Crossword with a friend who insisted I read it — and actually bought it for me!

The day I opened it, it gripped me. I sacrificed breakfast, lunch, dinner and sleep so that I could feast myself on Pi’s interesting life. And after the first two pages, I realised with shock that Pi was the name of the protagonist, a little boy; and not the name of the tiger on the book cover (“inspired by Calvin & Hobbes, perhaps, but on a more serious note”, I’d always thought!) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I’m generally a very fast reader…and usually complete a 300 page book in less than 5 hours (yes, if I start on a book, I always sacrifice on food and sleep πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ …can never keep one down till I’m done with it). But with this book, I couldn’t bring myself to ‘want to finish’ it…in fact, the fact that the book would soon get over made me paranoid! I took 4 long days to finish it…calling up / messaging my friend now and then to say “This book is amazing…love it…” and the like!

Yesterday, I completed it. I was sad. I was thrilled. I was grateful. I was elated. I was angry. I was furious. I was in awe. I was stupefied. I was amazed. I was repentant. I was extremely thankful..and indebted.

I was sad the book was over; thrilled that I finally managed to get it and grateful to my friend for giving it to me; elated that Pi survived; angry and furious at 2 characters for not trusting Pi; stupefied at the realisation of what ‘life’ can turn one into; amazed that Pi could live through all of that; repentant to all my friends for not listening to them earlier and reading this long back; thankful to my dad for instilling reading habit in me…and highly indebted to Yann Martel for writing this book.

Oh, all you people! You just have to read this book. No other book has moved me the way this one has (the only other one I still vividly remember is The Da Vinci Code, but that was more of a stupefying effect than such a turmoil of emotions!) I still haven’t recovered from the exhilaration of Pi’s experiences, which one would automatically experience too. I still can feel Richard Parker, can still see his muscular body, shining coat and prusten πŸ™‚ I wish I could meet him (though it wouldn’t affect him in the slightest manner; that much is evident in the way he walks off as the story reaches an end)…I cant imagine any other living being to be as amazing as him any more! πŸ˜€

Oh…I wish my brain (I do have a small one, how ever idle it may be πŸ˜€ ) would soon wash out all memories of this book so I can read it all over again!

Life of Pi…awwwwwh! I loved it…and forever will be in awe of Yann’s penmanship!

P.S: Post inspired by Nikhil‘s post on a book he is reading. I have never done a book review (though this can hardly be called one) ever before….and hope Its not as bad as I think it is πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
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36 thoughts on “Book review: Life of Pi (yann martel)

  1. Amazing review! Straight from the heart…! I am glad you loved the book!! I’ve got a few more suggestions for you and the next time we meet, I’ll have a bunch of good books for you that I want you to read! Ok, I’m not a sadist and I don’t want you to starve yourself to death reading all the books! Keep munching some junk food while you read! πŸ˜€
    Richard Parker Rocks! πŸ˜€

  2. the da vinci code had me engrossed for one whole day .. didnt sacrifice food .. but yeah, did compromise on sleep !!! πŸ™‚
    Lookin fwd to readin this book, sounds interesting.. πŸ™‚

  3. oh… now i want it to read it too..
    😦
    any ebooks available.. 😦 ..
    and i remeber only 3-4 books for whihc i skip[ped my food and sleep
    da vinci code ,angels and demons.,.and master of the game….
    and yeha even chromosomes by robin book πŸ™‚

  4. hi Priya,

    Iam visiting your blog for the 1st time. I assume you are an avid book reader. Gr8 to meet one such :). Regarding this book, this post had instigated me to read the book.,. Hope to do it soon. And about the emotions play, i dont know if you had read a book names “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper lee. If you have, iam surprised that it didnt find a mention in the books which touched you. If you havent, it will make a good reading.,.

    Good to have come across this blog. Would be revisiting.,.

    Cheers !!

    Prashant
    *+

  5. @ Reema
    Thanks a lot! Do read it…you wont be disappointed!!

    @Nikhil
    Thanks da…shall wait for our next meeting (with a lot of junk food stowed away)
    and yeah, Richard Parker rocks!!! yey !!! πŸ˜‰

    @Nova
    Update you list right away…put this as No. 1 ! πŸ˜€

    @Sakhi
    ‘Gypsy Masala’ sounds interesting…lemme see if i can get it πŸ˜€

    @Anu
    Yea…Da Vinci Code was something!!! Try this one…you might not sacrifice sleep either, but your dreams will sure be amidst waves and Richard Parker πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  6. @smallstar
    satisfy your curiosity! grab th book! read it! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @Arvind
    I have the ebook…in case you havent already got it, shall mail it tu yu πŸ˜€

    @Prashant
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld πŸ™‚ Thanks…books and music are my life…i’d be lost without them πŸ˜€
    Havent read ‘To kill a mocking bird’ yet…will surely try and get it! Keep visiting…i’m adding you to my blogroll…shall visit yours right after i hit the ‘send’ button πŸ˜‰

    @Nikhil
    Thanks a lot! I’m honoured to have found a place among that 8! yey!! πŸ™‚ Ty Ty Ty !!!

  7. So you are Priya people keep talking about. BAH. ANd you didn’t leave your blog URL when you commented on my blog 😦
    I always read you name as Scorpia. Now I realized that its ScorPria. πŸ˜€

    Ok, talking about book, you wrote

    ….elated that Pi survived…

    You told the end ?? 😦 😦
    But still I wanna read it. πŸ™‚
    Very good review. It always feels good to read one’s hearts content rather than technical and factual analysis of something.

    Cheers
    Suda

  8. @Suda
    Welcome to Alphabetworld!! πŸ™‚
    “So you are Priya people keep talking about. BAH.” hahahahaha….wot is this spposed to mean? you seem to have expected a lot, and then got hugely dispppointed πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (and well, surprised to know i’m the “Priya people keep talking about”….good or bad, all i hav to say is whoa! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )

    and well, Pi surviving is just the beginning!!!! That’s why its so interesting!! πŸ˜€
    and thanks, tho if i’d tried to write the technical aspects. i’d have been thrown outta blogville πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. @Smallstar
    Yey ! Do it!

    @Arvind
    (inspired by nikhil’s comment tu Suda) Go buy one, man! its worth your money!! πŸ˜‰
    (inspired by own laziness πŸ˜€ ) actually, th e-version i downloaded took me 3 hrs and then was corrupted in th end…and well, yu never get that feeling of a ‘book’; yu cant even grip the pages wen Richard Parker gets into one of his bad moods πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ so pls do buy it πŸ˜€ or gimme yur birth date…shall request Crossword tu courier it πŸ˜›

    @Suda
    The stuff in books are always thicker than a wad of gandhi’s pprinted heads πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ its worth man…

    @Sakhi
    i have a corrupted e-version and an actual book…which do yu want mailed?? πŸ™‚ Bday, pls…

    @Nikhil
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. oh…i haven’t even got my joining date…and i dont want to ask my father money for it ..
    guess i will have to search for it online πŸ˜›
    perhaps i will buy it too πŸ˜€
    My birthday is celebrated every year as new year day πŸ˜€

  11. Life of Pi is a great book. It was comprehensively researched and the authors imagination was brilliant. He described each and every little nugget and emotion about the tiger, the sea and Pi. Its as if he was on that boat too recording each and every moment. Another book which had me hooked and marveling at the creative ingenious of the author was Salman Rushdie’s Midnights Children. That was a great book too where you’re completely drawn and riveted into the life of the protagonist.

  12. I have read this half only last year..and you’ve inspired me to go back to it!!!
    I have a box full of books i got from India..this one’s gonna be my first one!
    THANKS TO YOU..
    πŸ™‚

  13. Wah! What a review. As someone above has said straight from the heart. But I know what you mean by this being a sort of non-review. πŸ™‚ Yeah, it is more of your own reactions. It is similar to how I think too πŸ™‚
    I loved the book!

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