Thursday, March 14, 2013

Life of Pi... On Pi Day! Hey!

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.

Synopsis from Amazon: After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.
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.

Happy 3.14!!! 

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