Latest reading: Life of Pi

I just finished reading Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. (Copyright 2001, ISBN 978-0-15-100811-7)  It was one of those Amazon daily deals so I grabbed it for my Kindle…and though it took me a month or two to get around to it (my TBR pile is daunting, to say the least), once started I absolutely devoured it.

In short, it’s one of the most fantastic books I’ve ever read, providing an intriguing dialogue on the concept of a singular religion, insights into psychology, and surprising details about zoology and animal behavior. I couldn’t put it down! My Kindle version is full of highlighted sections, and I’ll be going back to it time and time again to reread those fascinating thoughts. Particularly those on religion and spirituality and the astonishing view that Pi takes. As an atheist (nearly), with a devout past I found it fascinating.

I recommend it for any high school teacher looking for a good fiction read. For that matter, I recommend it for any adult interested in a different viewpoint and perspective, whether he/she be religious or not.

Apparently a film based on the book is coming out this December.  As usual, I’ll have an internal discussion as to whether or not to go – it always distresses me to find a movie that reflects little to none of the vividness and / or depth inspired by the original story.  An unknown actor is playing Pi, for which I’m grateful, but my attendance is still TBD…


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