“The first part tells the story of Piscine Pattel, later known as Pi. This for me was quite difficult to through, it was a little too detailed on many accounts as a lot of it felt like a zoology class followed by religious education. But there were definitely some interesting, quirky, things in there. Like Pi being such a strong believer in God he becomes Hindu, Christian and Muslim all at the same time and in a confrontation with the religious leaders merely states none of the religions is more right than the other and forbids him to join the other.
The second part is where it really becomes interesting, the ship he is on with his family sinks and he is stuck on a lifeboat with a couple of animals from the Zoo. Pretty soon this develops into just being him and Richard Parker, the tiger. As to how this happened, I didn't particularly enjoy the detailed, and gruesome, description of it. Then you learn how he survived both being on a boat with such a predator, battling the elements and survival on sea. This part of the book is where the real story takes place. And truth be told a lot of the first part does come into this.
In the last part of the book the people who were given the task to discover what happened to the big cargo ship meet Pi an he tells them his story. But he also give another version of the story. Leaving you wonder in the end which one is true. But as Pi put it himself; the outcome is the same, so why does it matter what happened in between?
All in all it is an interesting read. Pi is an interesting character and his desire to survive is admirable. I enjoyed reading the second part the most. ”
Linda vG wrote this review Tuesday, March 22, 2011.