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Monday, May 21, 2007

Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel, is a book about a young boy named Piscine, Pi for short, who is both a religious enthusiast and the son of a zookeeper. He and his family are sailing with their animals from India to North America. The ship sinks, and Pi manages to climb aboard a life boat, only to find that his companions on the life boat are a hyena, orangutan, a zebra, and a Bengal tiger. Soon, all but Pi and the tiger are dead, and Pi is left in a horrible situation, where he must use his knowledge and fear to keep him alive every day.

Life of Pi, cast as an adventure story, is more about the way that people react when faced with less-than-ordinary situations. The book throws Pi into various challenges, the first of which is staying alive on a small boat with a Bengal tiger. Stranded in the Pacific ocean, Pi has to keep himself alive using both disgusting and comical tactics. This book brings up fundamental questions about the way the world acts and how people think, and the final twist gives you twice as much to think about. If you are looking for a thought provoking adventure novel, look no further than Life of Pi.

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