April: Life of Pi

This is another book that should be fairly easy to find.It is also another that was recently made into a movie (woohooo, theme following!) :) It's a fairly easy read, and the movie has already come out!


From Amazon:


Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is 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, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."

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I might join in on this, read it last year and it was one of my FAVORITE books out of my 50 book challenge! I am still thinking back to it and wondering how things played out the way they did. This is a great book to discuss. I think I might pick it back up just so I can talk about it!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:30 am
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I figured I would sticky this, give everyone a chance to go grab this before April! :)

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 3:22 am
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I will get it on my Kindle tonight!! One question - I simply can't handle stuff about animals in pain...is there a lot of that? I hate stuff that makes me cry!

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:30 am
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Yeah, what SDonsi said - I am a sucker for animals...  if they suffer or die, I can't take it...  so I am on the fence on this one, someone please advise?

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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@nicole, Let them know what you think! It's been awhile for me, and books are blurring together.

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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Well the book is a real mind F*** (excuse my language!) But, it's tough to explain without giving too much away. I've had many many discussions about this book and the meaning of it all and I still come back to it. There are animals in the story but the animals are more of a metaphor..sort of. Essentially, a boy is stranded on a boat with a Tiger, hyena, zebra and orangutan. They aren't treated cruel or abused or anything like that, but it is a story of survival --so yes when you have a tiger, zebra, orangutan and a boy in a boat you can imagine what will happen.


I will say that it was one of the BEST books I read in 2012. It might be one of my favorite books all together. I have put off seeing the movie because I am afriad it will ruin the book. It's emotional in a thought provoking, touch my heart, change my life, sort of way. Not a Nicholas Sparks, hand me a box of tissues and a tub of ice cream way.


Eh, hope that helps!

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:51 am
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Thanks Nicole!! I'm going to be brave and give it a try :) And if there are parts that have me sitting there with tears running down my face...I'll just vent to you all!

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 6:32 am
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Haha I hope that doesn't happen! 

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 7:10 am
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Okay...I just got to the part in the boat with the zebra...I had to put it down for awhile after that. I have been thoroughly enjoying it so far, so I really hope that is as bad as it gets!

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 5:42 am
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Eeeep!! 

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 6:23 am
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LOL...that's comforting :p

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:) glad you are enjoying it! :D

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 3:50 am
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Finished it last night! I did really enjoy it - I had to skim a few parts :p but overall I flew through it and came away with some very interesting things to think over.

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 2:05 am
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Sorry Sam, I read it a while ago and forgot hor graphic it got at points. :( I am So relieved though that you skimmed those parts and enjoyed the rest! Doesn't it really get you thinking?

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Is there any discussion of this book, or how does that part work?

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 5:41 am

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