Pi Patel, born Piscine Molitor Patel in India to a Hindi family, adopted Christianity and Islam as his second and third practiced religions at the age of sixteen. His family owned a zoo, and his father warned him constantly about the dangers of all the animals, but he assured him that the most dangerous animal in the zoo was the human being. When the family decided to relocate their zoo to Canada, they had to load their dozens of animals onto a Japanese cargo ship and travel across the Pacific Ocean. Part way there, the ship sank, killing every living thing on board except for Pi and a Bengal Tiger. Together they survived on a lifeboat for seven months at sea.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is definitely my favorite book. I have read it at least three times, as well as Yann Martel’s two other books once. The impact of the themes is the strongest aspect of the novel. At the beginning of the book, Pi Patel is struggling to be accepted by his family and his peers. He practices Hindu, Christianity, and Islam, which confuses his parents and makes his older brother and classmates tease him. But his faith in God keeps him strong. Throughout his journey at sea, Pi transforms from a loving, young, strict vegetarian boy to a desperate, frustrated castaway and finally to a strong young man full of faith and hope.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone of any age who is searching for spirituality and a reason for hope in life. I don’t mean to sound too sentimental here, since this book has plenty of hilarious moments and clever lines, but Life of Pi is truly an amazing book of enlightenment that everyone should read.
If you have read Life of Pi by Yann Martel, what did you think of it?