Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I bought this on BOOKSALE for 145pesos! It was on the display window and I asked for it because I've heard nothing but good things about Life of Pi.

Magnificent book, really amazing.


The book is a narration of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel. But because Piscine sounded exactly like "pissin'" and he was always bullied for it, when he finally moved to a new school(the Petit Seminaire) he took the opportunity of making a moniker as substitute. Hence, he is now called Pi.

His family owns and runs the Pondicherry Zoo, it was also there where he grew up and decided to acquire three religions: Islam, Christianity AND Hinduism. His father startled and mother concerned, they've asked him to pick only one. But when Pi quoted Gandhi's "All religions are true", they had nothing else to counter it and so just let him be.

Time came when his father desired to be where the grass is far greener. From India along with some of their zoo animals, they took a Japanese cargo ship(the Tsimtsum) routing to Canada.

Something terrible happened and the Tsimtsum sank. Pi in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker and the story of survival begins!


This book wasn't at all what I expected. Though now I know that it's just a work of fiction, I still can't help but linger on some pages. I guess it's what happens when you finish it off in one sitting. Everything overwhelming, I was overloaded with emotions.

I will never have enough words of praises and compliments for this book but the only guarantee I feel insured to say is that it is a book about the assessing of life. The realizing of it. The appreciation and the perpetual faith we should have in it and God.


Mystica | July 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

For me this book was mainly about the imaginative, creative skills of the author. Such tough scenes to imagine, and what a storyline.

Jules | July 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Good observations, glad you enjoyed the book.

Loraine | August 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

To Mystica: I agree with you, too! It was new and fascinating to me. Thanks for stopping by!

To Jules: Thank you! =) Have a nice day!

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Anonymous | November 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

thanks for sharing.

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