What did I say when I read the last few pages? ‘Ah, fuck.’ There was some heartbreak in the book but for the majority of it I was pretty happy reading about Pi surviving on his little boat and raft with the Bengal tiger ‘Richard Parker’ (best name for any animal award).
It wasn’t meant to be happy, he’s in the middle of the ocean, stranded, with a huge tiger that could eat him at any given moment, but Pi’s optimism was lovely, until I reached the end and Yann Martel decided to roundhouse kick me in to next year.
I just wasn’t expecting the ending I was given and sat in my kitchen, mouth open, in stunned silence.
The book is quite philosophical and spiritual and asks why we have to choose just one religion. Why can’t Pi stud being a Christian/Muslim/Hindu. God is God. It also reminds us of the beauty of nature and life and how even when people are faced with horrific situations they manage to pull through.
When faced with a life or death situation it’s incredible how the human mind and spirit is unwilling to just give up and die.
It was an odd book to read but probably because I’ve spent years re-reading Harry Potter books and fantasy books in general. It was great to step out of my comfortable reading zone.
The book is brilliant and I read it really quickly, probably because the chapters (like The Book Thief) don’t have a specific length. Some could be incredibly short while others are longer which helped keep my interest and prompted me to keep reading on after a long chapter: ‘Oh, the next chapter is short, I shall read on.’
Oh and ‘Life of Pi’ is being released as a film later this year. Yay!
If anyone reads this (probably no one) book suggestions would be fantastic and if anyone is taking part in the challenge, I would love to hear how you’re getting on!