I realise this isn’t going to be a popular opinion but, I disliked this book. ALOT.
The book was only 319 pages long and I found myself the entire way through trying to work how much more there was to go and when would it be over.
The first third of the book is discussing Pi’s interest in religion and how his family run the zoo in their local town. I enjoyed this aspect of the book, discussing how he found the 3 religions he practices. That was interesting.
However, did we really need several pages on how he was named after a swimming pool? I get that a lot of these little stories at the start helps, set up the survival story but oh my goodness they were painful.
It felt like we sort of cheated at the end of the first third when we found out that Pi was married and had children. I’m stoked that he survived, but it felt like it took something away from the rest of the story.
Once we got into the Richard Parker (tiger) aspect of the story I thought things might get a bit more interesting but mmmeehhh…. That was not the case. There were small aspects of the story that I enjoyed. Like the little island that they find, and the flying fish falling into the boat but other than that I just didn’t enjoy it.
I found the killing of the other animals and particularly of the sea turtle a little too graphical for me and I did zoom pass these bits as I felt a bit queasy about it.
I guess things get interesting when Pi and Richard Parker land in Mexico. With Richard Parker disappearing before anyone finds them, it puts into question whether it really happened.
And when Pi tells 2 different stories, one with animals and one without, you do really start to question the whole book and everything he has told us. This is actually the only bit of the book I truly enjoyed. I’m assuming this is the whole premise behind the story – questioning the truth. If it’s not, then I really need someone to hit me in the face with what the point of this book is.
This is one of those books that people talk about all the time. How it’s so touching and has changed their life and made them think deep thoughts. I mean “Good Reads” has this book at 3.89 out of 5. So you expect something special.
Nonetheless, this book has had no impact on me, other than I might not trust future Man Book Prize winners or “Good Read” reviews for that matter.
My rating is 1/5.