Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Written for the Road...

LIFE OF PI is a travel book for the imagination. The story follows Pi Patel, a 16 year-old son of a zookeeper, who is not your typical teenager. Pi is a worldly young man who follows three different religions. The story begins in Pondicherry India, but everything changes when Pi’s family decides to move to Canada. Aboard a huge barge with various zoo animals, the family sets sail for North America. Along the way, the barge sinks in the middle of the ocean and Pi finds himself stranded on a small lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound tiger named Richard Parker. After much infighting, Pi and Richard Parker are the sole survivors on the lifeboat. For over 200 days in shark-infested waters, the characters struggle through starvation and hallucination, and rely on faith to survive. It is at this time, the reader lets go of the fantasy plot and imagination takes hold.

I read LIFE OF PI while traveling in Thailand. Up to now, this book has been the best read I have received from another backpacker in a book exchange. If you haven’t read the book, check it out! Click on the link below to purchase.

Happy Reading.

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