Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Review by Marla
Where do I begin with this one? I’ve been contemplating the book, the symbolism of the story, Martel’s writing, so on and so forth since I started the book. Here is the deal: I wanted to LOVE this book. I’ve heard numerous readers rave about the book (since finishing I’ve also found that not everyone loved it – thank goodness - I was starting to feel like a pariah). It has been touted as such a moving and inspirational tale that I was sure I would love it. Alas, it was not so. Actually, I struggled very, very hard to even complete the book. I wanted to quit, but couldn’t because surely a book with so much assumed merit would turn things around, right? Um, NO.
First, I will tell my followers that Martel can write. He creates beautiful prose and his words just melt in your mouth. What a talent for writing vivid scenes! Specifically, this writing and true talent is what kept me from making this a one-star read (YIKES)!
Second, I will tell you that the story had potential. I really think it did. I get the point the author was trying to make (you can’t miss it really). I understand all the symbolism and the spiritual paths, and I understand the underlying questions that still remain upon finishing the book.
Third, I will say, even with the talented writing and the promising story, Life of Pi never caught me. I was bored with most of the story (I hadn’t thought that was even possible when reading of a stranded, young man in a life boat). This is definitely a good example of the fact that readers need both good writing and a great, engaging story. When one side is unbalanced, or maybe completely missing, things just fall flat and that is what happened during this story for me.
Originally published on Read, Run, Ramble