Why this book?
I love Life of Pi because it dramatizes a new approach to religion and belief. The novel’s hero, Pi Patel, has a strong spiritual impulse but doesn’t want to be limited to a single doctrine. Instead, he becomes an adherent to three religions – Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam – allowing him to glean the best lessons from each. Pi’s subsequent adventures – I won’t give away the plot, but it involves a Bengal tiger – are an extended argument for the existence of God. If your life is a story, the author argues, isn’t the story more interesting and less depressing with God than without Him/Her/Them/It?
Life of Pi
Why should I read it?
19 authors picked Life of Pi as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi Patel, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with the tiger, Richard Parker, for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his…