I promised myself that I wouldn’t watch any more movies that star an animal because at the end, usually, the animal dies and I cry my heart out each time it happens, so I will start by saying I am probably one of the few people in this world who hasn’t watched “Life of Pi”.
About the book
However, I was so intrigued about this multi-Oscar awarded movie, that after some years I decided I will give the book a chance. The novel is written by Yann Martel, and it has as the main character an Indian boy, Piscine “Pi” Patel, who when traveling along with his parents to move all the beasts from their family zoo to the US, encounters a sea storm and their ship sinks.
The book is composed as if the author is interviewing the adult Pi Patel, now living in Canada, about the way he survived as a boy on the sea after the shipwreck. The author managed to create Pi’s narration so full of emotions and with the power to transmit so many feelings. He appears to be so lovingly, and passionate about each animal from their zoo and the first part of his life, so afraid, but courageous when he finds himself in the lifeboat with a tiger and a hyena and so mature when he was rescued.
The Reading Badger thoughts about this novel
“At least I won’t see the tiger die,” I said to myself when I decided I will read the book. I was right, because (and I don’t want to be a spoiler) the tiger doesn’t die, but I cried like crazy reading it. The ending was absolutely amazing. I was always sure that animals are nobler than humans, but the conclusion literally made me sick to my stomach.
P.S. I will never forget you, Mr. Richard Parker. You live in every one of us, even though we are not always aware of it.