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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Club Book Review: Life of Pi By Yann Martel

My Book Club's pick for March was Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Being a bargain queen (translation: tight ass!) this is the first book I've had to buy for Book Club in the past 2 years as I've always managed to borrow them from the library or friends. This book was so popular there was a 3 months waitlist so I took myself to Dymocks for their 2 for $30 deals.

Life of Pi is the story told by an old man Pi of his childhood and his incredible survival from a sunken ship.

Pi is a young boy who grows up in India with his family who run a zoo. His family decide to head overseas in search of a more prosperous life and they board a ship with some of their zoo animals to sell and head off on their adventure. The ship sinks and the boy is then left drifting upon the seas with some surviving zoo animals and a certain man killing bengal tiger. The talk of the zoo animals makes sense once you realise his knowledge of animals is going to mean his survival with them.

Honestly, there were parts of this book I wasn't sure if they were made up through hallucinating or whether they were true. I did enjoy the adventure and thrill of the unknown with this book. I found the survival techniques pretty confronting and was turned off seafood while reading it!

I would recommend this book to everyone young and old it is a tale of travel, religion, family and survival that everyone can relate to. I liked this book but didn't love it.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

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1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read that one, as well, but, like you, I'm a "budget queen" -- meaning I don't buy a book unless I've first borrowed it from the library or a friend and LOVED it. Sounds like I'll have to wait a while before I get it from the library, though . . .
    I just think living with a tiger would be awesome--they're such beautiful creatures. Deadly, yes, but . . . still . . . my inner crazy cat lady would go bananas. ;]
    Have an awesome week!


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