Saturday Teaser (Life of Pi)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I know that today is Saturday, but I've got a good book that deserves some recognition (and also, it's my birthday, gosh darnit!).

Today's teaser is from Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi.

Even though this book was a mandatory read for my English Literature class (and I'll admit, I've been putting it off for a good week), it is an amazing story. After twenty pages, and a short nap, I was hooked. There is such rich language, and vivid detail, not to mention the riviting stories that keep you flipping the pages.

Though it's not my usual style, I found myself quickly armed with a highlighter, going over the quirky lines and morals of the chapter that I am finding myself so in love with. Even if you haven't read it, never plan on reading it, or covet your personal dog-eared copy with vivid enthusiasm, the lines that pop are what I can't get enough of.

"But what can you do when you love your father? Life goes on and you don't touch tigers" (page 38).

"A part of me did not want Richard Parker to die at all, because if he died I would be left alone with despair, a foe even more formidable than a tiger" (page 164).
The story follows the life of Piscine Molitor Patel, better known as Pi, on his quest to find his niche in the religion-rich city of Pondicherry. His father, a zookeeper, recognizes the trouble in India with the current politics and decides to move the family and animals to Canada. On the voyage over, a storm capsizes the boat. Pi is thrown into a lifeboat by crew members at the last minute. After the chaos of the sinking passes, Pi finds himself on board with a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-lb Bengal tiger. Within days, the only ones remaining are Pi and Richard Parker. Now it's Pi's knowledge and cunning along with a four-year-old tiger, that is their only hope of survival.

"How I had failed to notice for two and a half days a 450-pound Bengal tiger in a lifeboat twenty-six feet long was a conundrum I would have to try to crack later, when I had more energy" (page 134).
Happy Reading!

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  1. Love this book! Aw, these quotes bring up some good memories. I ought to read this book again sometime.

  2. I loved it! Just finished at 12:30! Such a powerful story...