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Life of Pi

512 Ratings: 2.1
A book by Yann Martel

Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettableLife of Piis a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, … see full wiki

Author: Yann Martel
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Mariner Books
24 reviews about Life of Pi
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
I liked it. I never worked out what I thought had happened, but I still liked it. One of the few "inconclusive" novels that still has me hooked.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I tried three times and was never able to make it through this. I've heard the end is good and the beginning was exciting, but the middle is a long stretch.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
love this book, entertaining with an interesting ending.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
great story!!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
In some ways, a challenging read due to length and some of the specifics of the journey. Overall, however, an amazing journey to take. At turns practical and philosophical, it's a book that will hold you to the end.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
It starts out slow but the writing is charming and the story is interesting.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A great adventure!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
loved it
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
loved this book!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Started out interesting but quickly became boring.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Well written and entertaining. Well done, Martel.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Highly recommend it. I personally believe Pi.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
I could not get into this one.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
WHAT? THIS is DEFINITELY A 5. I did not like the ending were the kid changes his story. But the book is great and really interesting. It is something that you will never come across ever again.
Quick Tip by . May 27, 2010
Great Book-something to think about after you put it down. I reviewed this one some time ago.
review by . March 08, 2009
I must be almost the last person in North America to read Yann Martel's unforgettable tale, "Life of Pi." Consider that there are now over 1900 reviews of the book on Amazon despite the fact that only a tiny percentage of a book's readers will ever take the time to do that, or that 16,095 members of Library Thing own it, making "Life of Pi" the 21st most popular book there. Well, I can finally tell everyone that it was worth the wait.    Yann Martel has written an inspiring story …
review by . March 07, 2009
Every year some publisher or another foists an uplifting allegory on the ever-ravenous public.  Paul Coelho is the emperor of the genre (for now).  Life of Pi is an addition to the canon, and has done quite well with folks seeking a sugar-coated sort of uplift.  I found the book to be moderately entertaining, moderately clever, not particularly insightful, and way too long.  When the characters hit the Doldrums, the book does as well and shifts from moderate to boring, and never recovers.  I'd be …
review by . February 13, 2009
I must be almost the last person in North America to read Yann Martel's unforgettable tale, "Life of Pi." Consider that there are now over 1900 reviews of the book on Amazon despite the fact that only a tiny percentage of a book's readers will ever take the time to do that, or that 16,095 members of Library Thing own it, making "Life of Pi" the 21st most popular book there. Well, I can finally tell everyone that it was worth the wait.    Yann Martel has written an inspiring story …
review by . December 13, 2008
i adored this book about a boy travelling with a tiger in a magical world.  i happened to have read the book while honeymooning in Croatia. i was in my own world of magic and found this book to be the perfect complement.  i honestly don't recall too many details (it's been awhile!) but i know it captivated me, caused me to think about my philosophies on zoo animals (vs. in the wild), and was just the right amount of whimsy in a very original story.
review by . October 10, 2007
Yann Martel's Life of Pi is at the least, a first rate adventure yarn. Even the simplest reader needs just to suspend a small amount of disbelief to join in the fun. There is enough texture to the writing-detail of place and experience-that the book is almost cinematic. You could imagine this being filmed as a simple 'survival in a lifeboat' story.  What makes this such a wonderful tale is that each little piece-the man-eating island, the orangutan, Pi's wonderful real name, is jolting …
review by . August 01, 2004
Pros: GREAT Story, epic adventure.     Cons: Tragic in many ways.     The Bottom Line: This story will inform and inspire the reader.     My friend the librarian was reading this last year during one of our weekend long competitions. We spend a lot of time waiting on the kids between events. I can't scrape myself off of the wall long enough to concentrate on reading, but she dutifully "works" by reading material for the library.   …
review by . December 18, 2003
"The Life of Pi" is 3/4ths good, and it must be that 3/4ths that has people so excited. The story is well outlined above. Pi is trapped at sea in a lifeboat filled with a number of animals, some of whom are devoured by the largest of them all, a Bengal Tiger. Journey and conclusion unfold with no haste. The book is a delight, though sometimes a gory one, until the author, and his characters, hit the doldrums, at which point I experienced the doldrums as well. If the author's point is to let us feel …
review by . November 27, 2003
I completely enjoyed "The Life of Pi." The writing was brisk, the story well-developed, and (as the mark of most great novels) it can be read (and enjoyed)on many different levels. However, Martel hints (in a not-so-subtle-way) that his story will, "Help renew your faith in God." I have to say, it definitley fell short on this promise. In fact, especially at the begining Martel's description of Pi's various beliefs is both convuluted and confusing. Who knows, maybe I am in the minority in my misunderstanding.  …
review by . February 02, 2003
Because of my job schedule these days, I mostly get to read just prior to falling asleep, after I get home at 2am. This usually means I read my books in 20 minute chunks, and it takes awhile!! LIFE OF PI was consumed in four nights of sleeplessness. It is a fascinating book with an absolutely outstanding, sympathetic central character. The setup is intruiquing: Youth is shipwrecked and set adrift on a lifeboat with only a tiger for companionship. I imagined a touching story of the bond growing between …
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