Life of Pi by Yann Martel

January 22, 2018

The book Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells a story of a young man who was on his way to Canada onboard a cargo ship named Tsimtsum with his family. While carrying dozens of passengers and wild zoo animals, the ship unexpectedly sinks, leaving Pi and a few animals as the only survivors stranded on a single lifeboat. One of these animals includes a bengal tiger, named Richard Parker. Knowing that his whole family is gone and his life is at risk, Pi has to figure out how he can survive with minimal materials and lack of hope. He learns to live alongside a tiger and manages to keep them both alive for many months until they finally end up on the coast of Mexico. He encounters many situations of hopelessness and times of absolute fear, yet he has only one goal in mind- to survive.

I really enjoyed reading this book for many reasons; one reason being that the story it tells is unimaginable and even after reading the book, I don’t understand how a young man can be given so many obstacles and still manage to survive, while stranded in the middle of the ocean. I think that the way the story was told allowed for a more clear perspective on the way the author must have felt. The way that his thought processes were written out on paper and the way he explained in depth everything he had to do, shows the reader how much he had to do in order to stay alive.This book also sends a message for it readers to never take advantage of anything, because it can be gone in a second. The whole story is unbelievable and to read about it makes it even more unbelievable. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone since it is a story that everyone should hear. It is able to put perspective into everyone’s lives and shows how much we still don’t know about the ourselves and the world around us.

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