I’ve seen this book around stores for years but never bothered to take a closer look how stupid of me. The german title sounded more like a children’s book and I’ve never been into them, even as a kid or teen. After it was turned into a movie and got nominated for several Oscars I decided I needed to check it it though and thank god I did.
‘Life of Pi’ is so different from what I expected and in a good way. It’s been a long time since I read a book that made me grab the pencil on my nightstand to highlight paragraphs or sentences in a book but this one managed to within the first 10 pages. It didn’t make me believe any more in God than I did before but I have a very particular opinion of God and religion that’s not for this post do discuss.
The beginning is great even though sometimes a little bit exposition heavy, when Pi’s experiences with finding faith are explained or the zoo and the animals and all that stuff is explained. Nevertheless I enjoyed reading it. It’s not an easy story, Pi loses so much and he suffers a great deal. I kept wondering if I would have been as resourceful in his position or if I would have made it as far as he did and I don’t think so even though that’s almost impossible for me to answer since I’ve never even been close to a situation like his.
It’s a wonderful book and I kind of regret not having read it sooner but I believe in right times for books and this was mine to read this one. The prose is wonderful, it made my heart sing at times and cry at others. I applaud the author’s ability to put this man’s struggle into words that are equally beautiful and heartbreaking.
Here are some quotes I loved:
The reason death stick so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.
All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.
At the rate you’re going, if you go to temple on Thursday, mosque on Friday, synagogue on Saturday and church on Sunday, you only need to convert to three more religions to be on holiday for the rest of your life.