Sunday, 3 March 2013

Reviewing Life of Pi by Yan Martell (Book 2 of 12)

At first I didn't think I was going to get to the end of this book, I found the first half quite tedious if I'm honest. However the second half was very different and at times I found it hard to put down. The story tells of a young boy's struggle to stay alive after his ship sinks in the middle of the ocean. He has a Bengal tiger, a zebra and an orangutan for company - at least at the beginning of his ordeal. At times this story will turn your stomach with the graphic descriptions of the things a man is prepared to do to stay alive. A very exciting struggle for survival and an unexpectedly brilliant story. There is a subtext and in places I began to wonder if he was dreaming or whether these things were actually happening - perhaps he was suffering from sunstroke? It was no surprise then when, at the end of the book these questions were actually raised. Did these animals really exist? How much did I enjoy the book? I'm glad I read it, I'd give it 5/10 but, I have to be honest, it hasn't made me want to go and see the film.

I didn't get an opportunity to make a piece of art connected to this book - maybe I'll do an art journal page at some point and link it back.

The next book I'm reading/reviewing will be 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier


  1. Rebecca is one of the few books I've read about 3 or 4 times. I'm looking forward to your review and art on that one :)

    This book is one that I'm not sure I'd like. The film adverts really made me go WOW but I wonder if that was just showing the best bits. Hmmm.

  2. You did way better than I would...if I am struggling with a book for 2 chapters I ditch it lol :D XXX

  3. Hm, I watched this film last night with my children. Some parts were okay but why this is one of those things everyone is talking about???
    Not something I would recommend to friends to watch... Although the music at the start of the film is beautiful! And the wild animals are all gorgeous to see too! :)

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  5. I have this book but not sure why I bought it as I've never actually fancied reading it! I've heard/read varying reviews of it ranging from amazing to not good at all so still not sure I'll ever read it! x