Life of Pi was the perfect book for me, since I love adventure stories and especially ones that are related to sea adventures and animals. Although it is a fiction, I want to believe that the setting was true – a boy on a boat with a Bengal tiger. Just like Paulsen’s books, I noticed that everything that happens in the story, except for the carnivorous island, was very real and detailed, as if the author himself has experienced it. For example, when Pi and Richard Parker, the tiger, went through their first storm on the boat, the descriptions were so vivid and real that I felt like I was on the boat with them, and I could feel the waves with butterflies in my stomach. Also, the scenes where Pi trained Richard Parker were, I believe, accurate, considering the animal’s natural behavior and the severe circumstances that they were in. Although being realistic helped me believe in the story and really feel connection to it, I also enjoyed the miraculous factor, which was the carnivorous island. This floating island was like a heaven of imagination for me; all the imaginary things I’ve wanted from books in one. I especially liked the idea that the whole island was made of a single kind of plant, and the plant had some chemical reaction during the night, making it acidic. It was the part that I couldn’t quite get in the movie but was my favorite in the book. Overall, this book was one of the best books I have read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventures or animals.
I have finished Part 2 of the book (until Ch. 94), where Pi and Richard Parker finally finish their journey and reach Mexico. I especially liked the “carnivorous” island part, where they find a floating island that is totally made of seaweed with trees growing from it. This Island is a product of Yann Martel’s pure imagination: the only animals that live in the island are meerkats, the roots of the trees, which turn into algae, can make fresh water out of sea water, can trap fish into the ponds, and the whole island is carnivorous, because it turns acidic during the night. Although it cannot be true, it sounded so realistic that after reading the part where Pi found human teeth, I could not sleep well from the thought of an island eating a dead man.
I am on Chapter 87 of the book, where Pi and Richard Parker, the tiger, are in the middle of their journey. So much has happened in the book so far, such as the sinking of Tsimtsum, a Japanese cargo ship, and Pi being left alone in the lifeboat with animals. The book is intriguing because of its extraordinary setting that no one would imagine, and the brave actions that Pi takes despite fear and loneliness. The scenes that describe the wilderness of storms in the ocean or the attacks from Richard Parker are breath taking that I often lost the sense of time and could see the image clearly in my head, as if I were travelling with them. ”