cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 32 for 2011

Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 319 pages

Review under the cut as there may be spoilers. The structure of the book is such that I'm not sure spoilers is really the right word, but just to be on the safe side....

The book tells the story of Piscine Molitor Patel, who is shipwrecked while travelling from India to Canada with his family and a number of animals from the zoo which his father ran.

The writing is good, giving a real sense of the ghastly experience of being adrift in a lifeboat, but all the time I was reading it, I had a nagging feeling that I was Missing The Point in a major way.

And I was annoyed by the section at the end, which suggests that the whole of the narrative may have been invented by Piscine, thus rendering the whole thing pointless in any case. Now, I suppose, since it's fiction in the first place it doesn't really matter whether Piscine's account is the true chronicle of what happened in that fictional world, but it bothers me anyway.

So, on the whole, a rather odd book , much of which went over my head.
Tags: award winner, literature

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