I honestly didn't realize I would be reviewing Life of Pi on Pi day! How cool is that!! :)
Now if I could just report that I liked it.
Except I wasn't convinced. Was it good? Yeah it was, once you got to the end. In the middle is was horrific! Not that fiction can't be great and be horrific, it can, but this just seemed to drag out and to be so brutal. As is life, yeah yeah I know. I "get" the whole metaphor and allegory. And I know what it is to fight and fear one's own base nature. I couldn't help it though.
It just wasn't one of my favorites. The sea was huge and long, the island was a total, please excuse the expression, mind-fuck, and Richard Parker was too sad for words!! I felt bad for the damn tiger through the whole entire book!!
I suppose, were I inclined to have some friends read it and then sit around and discuss it over pink wine, I may find some of the 'easter eggs' of moral, introspective, wisom that I missed on my (admittedly distracted) first read...
And an even better testament to the strength of this book is that I WILL some day read it again. And hopefully when I do, I can be more relaxed, and more analytical.
Until then... I give Life of Pi 3/5.