A thoroughly good read. I loved Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It reminded me of other novelists I enjoy reading such as Haruki Murakami, Paulo Coelho, Salman Rushdie and Ben Okri to name a few who are brilliant at mixing the real with the surreal and making you believe in a world that could not be.
Life of Pi was not what I had expected. As the title suggests, I had expected something mathematical orientated but it was more to do with biology – the nature of man and beast and how they relate to one another. Half the book covers Piscine’s (the main character) adventures and the lessons he learn on the relationship of man and animal at his father’s zoo, the other half is how he’s forced to use those lessons to survive.
The first mention of Richard Park made me chuckle. Read it and you’ll see why. I won’t spoil it here. My favourite bits were the relationship between Pi (Piscine) and Richard Parker – the story behind how the two got their names is amusing – and the surreal parts, the underwater world of the meerkats.
One of my favourites.