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Old 10-22-03, 03:06 PM
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Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel was this month's book chosen for the book club at work that I am a part of. I have never heard of this book, but see that it is quite popular at Amazon. Anyone here read it?

Edited to add: If so, what did you think?

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yes, and it's excellent!!
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I've heard of it, I remember hearing that it's really good, but I can't remember what it's about.
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I have it but haven't read it yet. It's the next book I plan to read, though I won't begin reading it until early November.

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Yes, it's an entertaining story, very much like a fable, without the overt moralizing. Interesting concepts on religions, zoos, isolation and conflict management. The last few chapters may throw you for a loop, but will definitely make you question everything you read earlier. I liked it a lot, but contrary to the critical praise on the cover, it did not make me believe in God.

Richard Parker rules.

I read recently that M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) is writing a script and will direct the film of Life of Pi. Apparently, he's from the same town in India that Pi is from in the book. Not sure if this is a good or bad idea.
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Oh, and some scenes are quite descriptive and gorey.
Old 10-23-03, 12:09 PM
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Okay, time for the serious response.
I'm a reviewer and bookseller north of the 49th, and I read Pi in galleys about 3 months before it came out - fabulous book. Utterly unique, with just enough familiarity - tales of shipwreck, overtones of fable and folktale - to make it resonate. It was a book that we championed early on, and were quite (1) gratified when it won the Booker - for once, a book that deserved to win actually did.
It's a deeptively simple book that, in its closing pages, turns into a postmodern inquiry into the nature of truth, faith and storytelling itself...
All this talking about it makes me want to read it again. Damn. Had I but world enough, and time...
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deeptively
I thought I had learned a new word today until I looked it up on dictionary.com and figured out that you misspelled deceptively.

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IMHO, great book!
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I thought I had learned a new word today until I looked it up on dictionary.com and figured out that you misspelled deceptively.

Damn thick fingers...

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