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Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

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Life of Pi
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4.3 / 5
Good book club book
November 14th, 2014
Starts kind of slow, but really picks up. Brings up interesting discussion points and is entertaining. I'm glad I read it before watching the movie.
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Incredible
November 13th, 2014
An absolutely beautiful book, the story of Pi amazed and intrigued me. I'll never forget his journey. Truly an incredible book.
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Yuck
November 1st, 2014
I couldn’t stand this book but forced myself through to the end, hoping it would redeem itself. It didn’t. How this ever won a Booker prize is beyond me. Was it just time to give it to a Canadian?
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This compelling story is a must read!
October 31st, 2014
This story is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Your heart is in you throat, fearful as to what will happen next. I have read this story three times myself. I would recommend this book for all! It is a great read and will take you no time at all to get through it. I could not put it down and I promise you won’t be able to either!
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The plotting is ok, if you can make it past the first 100 pages.
October 30th, 2014
The fantastic elements and plotting of the story were interesting enough that I stuck it out until the end of the book. However, the first 100 pages are a pure SLOUGH. Most of the time, all I could hear was the sound of a shallow, and pointless treatise on spirituality that amounted to nothing more than "wow, aren't I deep?" The rest of the book is a perfectly acceptable leisure read. But truth be told, for the first third of the book all I could think was "GET ON THE BOAT. GET THEM ON THE BOAT."
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Beautifully inspiring
October 30th, 2014
The movie does not do justice (and the movie was pretty amazing, I'd say) The moment I picked up this book, I was lost in its story and the ending gave me a lot to think about. It's one of those stories that you will never forget.
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Life of Pi
May 26th, 2014
I didn't enjoy the book. Forced through hoping it would get better
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Bah
March 13th, 2014
I read this for high school English. I did not appreciate it, I doubt I ever will.
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February 3rd, 2014
Read this book for an undergrad course in 2006 and really enjoyed it. The shear amount of literary depth and style embedded within is impressive. Thematically, I found the story compelling for it's illustration of the world through the eyes of a youth, from his embrace of three religions and his drive to survive aided by imagination. Through these thematic areas the book raises some thoughtful comments on the nature of religion, what we do to survive, how we maintain our humanity, and the ability of youth to see what adults tend to miss or forget.
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January 24th, 2014
I love this book better than the movie, it captured all the intriguing moments in the book that left you wanting more each chapter.
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January 24th, 2014
A very nice story of a relationship under duress circumstances. Enjoyed the book recommend it.
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January 24th, 2014
I was enthralled with Martel's writing and how he captured the experiences Pi had on his voyage with such realism. A truly mesmerizing book and a book that is very thought provoking. L. Kidney
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January 24th, 2014
I loved this book!!! It was a total page turner. The plot was refreshingly original. Everyone in my family read it and we all agree that it was our all time favorate. I rarely read a book twice but am going to read it again.
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January 24th, 2014
Once you start reading you cannot put it down.
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January 24th, 2014
READ this with our book club, then saw the movie. I think both tell a good story, and I am not sure which one I like best.
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January 24th, 2014
Fabulous novel more engrossing than the movie which I also adored
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January 23rd, 2014
Fabulous story. My teenage nephew found the first section to be very difficult, as it establishes the religious and philosophical setting. I found that section interesting and thought provoking. We both loved the rest of the book. And, lovely twist at the end.
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved the book which I got from a friend. The author was able to look into both young castaways feelings that hey held while drifting out at sea. The way he used the power of believing in god to help out in any way. A must book to read.
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January 23rd, 2014
Beautiful story. "Read" it in highschool, decided to read it recently and definitely appreciate it more now!
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved this book. One of my favourites!
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