The Life of Pi is a fictional adventure novel. Piscine “Pi” Patel lives in Pondicherry, India with his family in the 1970s. His dad owns a zoo with a wide variety of animals. One of these animals being a 450 pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Pi frequently interacts with these animals and becomes somewhat of an expert on animal behavior. From a young age Pi becomes interested in religion, eventually becoming a Hindu, Christian, and Muslim. He participates in all three religions, as he admires something from each. However, Pi’s father decides to move to Canada, during India’s time of political instability. He closes the zoo and loads the animals onto a Japanese cargo ship, and sets sail for Canada. Tragically, the ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Pi makes his way onto the only lifeboat, along with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and Richard Parker. Soon Pi and the tiger are the only ones remaining on the lifeboat. This marks the beginning of Pi’s treacherous journey. The story follows Pi’s extraordinary will and determination to survive.
Yann Martel has an amazing style of writing. I love how he writes in a simple and straightforward manner. His use of vivid imagery makes you feel as if you were right there with Pi. Although he chooses simple words, Martel also writes with a deeper meaning that can be interpreted in many different ways. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thrilling adventure novels. His simple word choice makes it easily comprehensible by a younger audience, so this book would be best suited to an audience age 11 and up. I rate this book a 5/5 because it is beautifully written and delivers a touching message.
Book Review by Steven Zeng