Reads: The Life Of Pi5:30 PM
Picine Patel, known to all as "Pi". Pi is raised Hindu, however, he soon exposes himself to Islam and Christianity-much to his parent's confusion. The novel takes place in the seventies, and his parents feel that they are pretty modern, especially by owning their own zoo in Pondicherry, and can therefore not really comprehend where this fascination with three different religions stems from. Pi's answer is that he simply "just wants to love god".
A few years later, and his family decided to close the zoo and sell it, to start a new life in Canada. Pi is now sixteen years old, and will set foot on a boat for the first time ever with his family, and a few of the zoo animals. The boat crashes, and Pi finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with none other than Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger.
The only way Pi can cope with his reality, is to focus entirely on Richard Parker. Richard Parker's survival depends on Pi, but, Pi also comes to realize his own survival depends on Richard Parker's.
One reference to this book was something along the lines of: Calvin and Hobbes with an overt, religious theme. I could agree to that to an extent, as there is a religious theme to the book, but not in a pressing way. In fact, it is almost humorous when Pi is trying to explain why he needs to participate in three different religions to his parents, and they are racking their brains on what to do with him. Pi's relationship with Richard Parker is terrifying, awesome, and very emotional. I am guaranteeing that a review of the movie will be present on this blog very soon.