I’ve been hearing about this book for a few years now and I ended up with a free copy. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it. I mean, how could a boy and a tiger survive at sea for over 200 days? I was curious to find out.
I like the way the story is told, but it’s a very sad tale. The main character, Pi, loses his whole family when their ship sinks and he’s stuck in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with some zoo animals. I could feel his despair, sorrow and desperation. When he describes eating animals at first, it’s obvious how conflicted and guilty he feels. I thought of what I would do in that situation since I’m also a vegetarian. I think most people would end up living off of whatever they could to survive.
As things get worse and worse for Pi and his passenger Richard Parker (the bengal tiger) I found myself surprised that they were still alive. They survived quite a few problems (hunger, thirst, exposure to the elements) and started giving up.
When Pi is finally rescued, I was happy for him, but it wasn’t the end of his story or journey. He meets with officials from the ship’s company and they don’t believe his tale. The alternate version of it sheds a whole new, horrible light on what he has been through.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. It made me interested in what he was saying and I never found myself getting bored. I like the chapter set up and always wanted to see what would happen next. Pi Patel is an interesting character, full of wit, intelligence and determination.
If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a good read.