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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Post by Vanessa » Thu July 30th, 2009, 7:58 am

Is anyone joining in with the Life of Pireadalong which is in August? I've never read this book but have joined up. I might read it next.
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Post by Ash » Thu July 30th, 2009, 2:00 pm

It is a very interesting book, not sure I'd call it HF tho.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri July 31st, 2009, 8:56 am

No, it's not HF. I put it under 'Others Books', though, so thought this was the appropriate place.
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Post by diamondlil » Fri July 31st, 2009, 12:12 pm

I think I have had this book on the shelves for at least 8 years. Never even cracked it open! Maybe one day.

This is definitely the right place for this post.
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Post by Ash » Fri July 31st, 2009, 2:36 pm

Ah my apologies, I didn't see the thread name. And since this is the place, yes, I'd be interested. Only problem is that school is starting very soon and I don't think I'll be able to reread it quickly. Should we set a date? -

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Post by Vanessa » Wed August 5th, 2009, 8:40 pm

I found this quite a bizarre book. It's very thought provoking and cleverly written. I'm not too sure what I make of it and will be following the comments on the Life of Pi site with interest.

I enjoyed the first part about the animals and Pi's childhood and thought it was quite interesting, but second part on the Pacific Ocean I found just too waffly and quite gruesome really! I know there's some sort of hidden meaning behind it all - well, at least I think there is - so hopefully it will be explained for me on the site. It's obviously a tale about survival but at what cost and which story to believe or want to believe.

If anyone else is joining in with the readalong and has any views or could explain it all to me, I would be grateful for their comments! LOL.
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Post by Ash » Thu August 6th, 2009, 1:52 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I found this quite a bizarre book. It's very thought provoking and cleverly written. I'm not too sure what I make of it and will be following the comments on the Life of Pi site with interest. . It's obviously a tale about survival but at what cost and which story to believe or want to believe..[/quote]


This was the most interesting part of the discussion when I first read it. How much truth can we handle, and how much depends on what we want to believe? Im also interested in how people feel about the island - I haven't figured that out yet.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu August 6th, 2009, 3:08 am

The Island was a weird part for me. Up until then, the step-by-step training of the tiger was absolutely correct, and Martel had me ready to believe anything he wrote.

But coming out of the island, I was wondering if this was a fantasy or not. That's when my skeptic meter went off the charts. A pity, because what he says about animals is so true and well-researched. I thought he was going to extrapolate it to the human animal. An opportunity missed.

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Post by Ash » Thu August 6th, 2009, 3:33 am

The impression I got was that Pi used the tiger to refer to his own animal instincts. He is trying to tame it: you could read it as taming the tiger, or taming his own instincts.

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Post by Vanessa » Thu August 6th, 2009, 7:33 am

Yes, the island was a strange phenomenon, wasn't it? I wondered whether Pi dreamed it as he was so starved at that time or some sort of illusion. Or was it supposed to represent the rest of the crew and the passengers on the ship? I didn't know quite what to make of it either. The alternative story explained most of the main story apart from this one aspect of it.

The part about the animals was what interested me most about the book - I thought it was well researched, too.

I think humans would do most things and eat most things if they were put in such a situation - it's a survival instinct which is in both humans and animals.
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