Two Frogs

Life of Pi


by Yann Martel
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003

I’ve recently joined a book group, which is why I read both this book and the one I reviewed previously. They have tended to choose books I probably wouldn’t normally read (I’m STILL slogging through The Stand), which was the whole point of joining the group. This one was a pleasant surprise. It’s the story of an Indian teenage boy who is emigrating to Canada when the ship on which he is traveling goes down, killing everyone and everything aboard, except for him, a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger. He is forced to share a lifeboat with this tiger for over seven months, until he finally reaches landfall in Mexico. The story is amazingly well-told, and the language is just beautiful. I found the protagonist extremely compelling, and the story riveting. There was one small part of the book which was just a little over the top even for this type of fantastic story (the man-eating island) and made me shake my head in disappointment, and it was a little slow to get started, but otherwise I thought it was very well-told.

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