Mitch & I saw the preview months ago for Life of Pi and thought it looked INCREDIBLE. We had both heard of the novel by Yann Martel, but never read it. We decided then and there that NOW was the time to read it. We spent the past month reading it aloud to each other before bed…
And let me tell you, Life of Pi is an incredibly inspirational and uplifting novel. It follows the life of Piscine Patel, commonly known as Pi! He lives with his family in Pondicherry [in India] where they own a local zoo. His father decides to move the family to Canada and starts selling off the animals of the zoo, many of whom will be delivered on their voyage in the Tsimtsum [a Japanese cargo ship] across the Pacific Ocean to Canada.
The Tsimtsum unexpectedly crashes and Pi finds himself on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with Richard Parker [a nefarious Bengal tiger], a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, and an orangutan. Without ruining the novel and your own adventure with young Pi, I will just say that survival over his 227 days at sea would have been hard enough ALONE, but add Richard Parker to the mix and the story becomes much more complicated.
Martel really gives you a lot of imagery to think about and walk away with, as well as the way he touches on religions [Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism]. Definitely a novel you should be reading!! Make sure to check it out before you catch the film, which opens November 21st [that’s right, WEDNESDAY!!!] in theaters!