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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Pi's Island

Post by jwilk » Sun March 21st, 2010, 4:34 pm

I have just finished doing a novel study of Life of Pi in my grade 12 English class, and have figured out that the island is symbolic of Pi himself; when the dark times come for Pi (being stranded in the middle of the ocean after losing his family in the shipwreck) he becomes carnivorous, something he would have never considered before. The island works the same way; when it becomes dark (the night, evidently) the island too becomes carnivorous, eating all the little muskrats who still wander around the island, and any fish it's algae can get. I have to admit I was not impressed with the ending of this book though; I like a good, solid ending, not one where you must draw your own conclusions. I felt like it didn't really end.

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Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun March 21st, 2010, 8:11 pm

There were two endings, weren't there? I thought it was a book about survival and what a person to would do to survive, even if it's making up a different world. That's what I thought in the end.

It's a book which makes you think, that's for sure. A great discussion book.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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