Life of Pi by Yann Martel
reviewed by Subhatra
Life of Pi is an inspiring story about a young boy named Piscine Patel from Pondicherry who experiences the shipwreck of the Japanese cargo ship carrying his family to Toronto. He is the only survivor, along with a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. His parents, zoo keepers, wanted to sell all their zoo animals and make a new life in Canada.
This is about how Pi Patel survives the shipwreck and makes it to the other side of the world. Sometimes the book gets a little boring when Pi is describing how boring it was for him, doing nothing at sea while hiding from the tiger. This is a very descriptive and slow moving book, so if you are not patient, I would not recommend this.
Pi and the tiger, seem unbelievably real. They undergo miraculous experiences that no one has gone through, yet have many emotions similar to ours.
The story has a flow that is as smooth as a calm sea, rippling, yet comforting. Both girls and boys would like this book. I would not recommend this if you are not fond of reading. I would recommend this book to teenagers.