“Never really got into this story. I know people swear by it, but it just never resonated strongly with me. Interesting enough, but just kind of blah. Never evoked that true thought-provocation that I feel it was designed to do. ”Brian Gibbins wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I started Life of Pi for the second time in July. Didn't get very far this time with the library's large print edition. Love this book and often re-read sections. Chap 6 The name PI - references included Pissing, Lemon Pie. 'But he held his peace. And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge.' Chap 7: Pi's teacher Mr. Staish Kumar (biology): 'His construction was geometric: he looked like two triangles, a small one and a larger one, balanced on two parallel lines. But organic, quite warty actually, and with sprigs of black hair sticking out of his ears. And friendly. His smile seemed to take up the whole base of his triangular head.' 'When Mr. Kumar visited the zoo, it was to take the pulse of the universe, and his stethoscopic mind always confirmed to him that everything was in order, that everything was order. He left the zoo feeling scientifically refreshed.' 'Religion?' Mr. Kumar grinned broadly. "I don't believe in religion. Religion is darkness." Darkness? I was puzzled. I thought, Darkness is the last thing that religion is. Religion is light. Was he testing me? Was he saying, 'Religion is darkness,' the way he sometimes said in class thing like "Mammals lay eggs," to see if someone would correct him? ("Only platypuses, sir."). "There are no grounds for going beyond a scientific explanation for reality and no sound reason for believing anything but our sense experience. A clear intellect, close attention to detail and a little scientific knowledge will expose religion as superstitious bosh. God does not exist." "He became my favourite teacher at Petit Seminaire and the reason I studied zoology at the University of Toronto. I felt a kinship to him. It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them -- and then they leap."
"I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation."”
“Teenager Pi Patel lives in Pondicherry with his brother Ravi, Mom and his dad who owns a zoo, so Pi has been brought up around animals and learning new things about them. When Pi turns 14 his father decides they should all move to Toronto bringing everyone with him including the animals. The adventurous and amazing journey of Pi begins as they step onto the boat into the Pacific Ocean”Eugeniacb1 wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was not expecting the ending! I still cant decide which ending was true. Though I lean towards the tiger one more.
The book kept me interested and hooked despited all the gore. ”
“Great read! ”Linda N wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Man's survival against nature and wild animals. ”mithu sadarangani wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not a fan...I think there was a lot of hype behind this book, but I had a hard time staying with this book. I thought it was really boring and the twist at the end didn't seem worth it to me. ”Michaela S wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The point of view the story was written from really adds to the overall pathos the readers experiences.”Allison Rychtanek wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“You will like this book if you enjoy reading realistic fiction and adventure novels
“This test not only ones life but also Pi's religion, having everything you know taken away from you and placed in the most dangerous position; on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a tiger, a hyena and an orangutan.”ebony monroe wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No