Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Reviewed By: M.S.
Pi Patel is a God-loving boy who's also the son of a zookeeper, giving him the love of animals. He not only practices his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam, something his parents don't understand. When he is 16 his family and their zoo animals have to move from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. But... The ship sinks leaving Pi stranded to fend for himself on a lifeboat; and his only companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. But the tiger very quickly eats all but Pi leaving just the two of them to fend for themselves. With Pi's knowledge and beliefs he believes he can live on his own for a while, but is that enough? And how long is a while? The book really is a great story, but with lots of details, so you must pay attention. You become pretty attached to Pi and laugh and cry at the things he says. The only bad part of it is the ending, not as great as you will hope it to be.
Why I Picked it Up: It actually was an assigned reading for Ennglish class but still a really great discussion book.
Why I Finished It: Had to, it was for English class!
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to more high school level teens since it is a lot to handle and comprehend.
**Libriaran Side Note** Did you know this book was made into an award winning movie? I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but I hear it's pretty fantastic. I hope I like it as much as I liked the book! The DVD is now available at the Library in the Quick Pick collection.