Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Release Date: November 1, 2012 (This edition)
Publisher: Canongate (This edition)
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone should read this book at least once in their life, I think. Not just because it’s beautifully written, filled with vivid, surreal imagery or that the writing is poetic, meaningful and and descriptive, although these are good reasons in themselves. Rather, everyone should read this book because it’s that rare kind of literature wherein each reader can take away something different and still be moved deeply by the story. Life of Pi, if you let it, will open your eyes to a deeper understanding of human nature, science and that eternal question of faith.
The story, on the surface, is deceptively simple – a young, teenage boy finds himself out on the open ocean, fighting for survival alongside a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. The narrative follows his struggle to survive. But this is all just on the surface – there is a completely different story existing in the subtext. That is to say, it’s not spelled out for you. This is the kind of book that will make you think, and doubt your own perception and in that way, draw you deeper into the real message of the book.
And at the end of it all, this book will make you question yourself. There are three kinds of people described in this book, and by the end of the novel you may have realised which one you are.