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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

My rating: 4/5 

The book was very mind blowing. It is very inspiring and confusing. My first advice while reading it is to have a completely clear mind. Like many books it is based on different beliefs and ideas. What makes this book even more different is that it is about a young boy in modern day 21st century. It follows him thorough many different different journeys. One of those 'journeys' is how he is directed spiritually. This mostly where you have to be open-minded and not judgemental. The young Pi follows three different religions, which is very unusual. The young kid follows Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. It is quite ironic because of the three religions are very different. It is refreshing and beautiful. 

The book is situated in a small village and many different stories occur. Pi tells us many different stories which are fun and emotional. The book is very different as it is not in chronological order. It does follow him through a young age till his accident and till where he is now but the small stories inside are said aren't in order. It is nice to know how it talks about the people and how they act. I especially appreciated and made me envy it's familiarity and coziness as I myself never have lived in a small village. 

It also portraits how and why the people need to move as no economy is situated there. It also explain how a small village was very populated but it slowly drifted apart. This story is not to be taken lightly as it is following serious matters. This is the kind of book you have to read during traveling or during the holiday because you need an open mind and no worries. I read it during summer holidays while I was visiting my family in India and was totally hooked. I unfortunately wasn't in the same environment the book described. It makes you travel even more. 

Some parts were very heartbreaking and not easy to swallow. It left you in shock at how descriptive it is. It is just amazing. Overall the book is a breath of fresh air and would make you travel. It isn't some fun book but more of serious book.

My favourite part was when the three different spiritual teachers finally met and realised that the young boy has been the best pupils in all of the religions. It is exactly these type of small stories you would imagine happen in a small village. 

The book has been made into a movie that was said to be spectacular. I am unfortunately ashamed to say that I haven't seen it YET. My excuse is that I'm expecting too much of the movie to finally see it. I will definitely see it soon. 



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