It’s no lie. I’m a sucker for books. I’ll read just about any book. I hardly put one down unless it is truly bad. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know ANYONE who doesn’t love a bookstore and/or library. I devour the smells, the excited whispers, the groups, the variety of people, and the adventure of finding the book that could change my life. It sounds slightly silly but if you’re a book lover, you totally know where I’m coming from.
As of late, I’ve been taking advantage of Austin’s public transportation – the bus. I don’t enjoy the sights and smells of the bus and the driver’s attitudes are less than lackluster but I love the time that I get to read. To be honest, once I’m buried in a book, I don’t notice all that other crap as much anyway. Since January, I’ve read 9 books. I just counted. I’m shocked. However, 5 of those were a young adult series and well, those are just fun with a capital F! I think as part of this blog, I’d like to tell you guys about what I’m reading and ask if you can suggest any good books. I’ve read, in no particular order, Middlesex, Life of Pi, Carrie Pilby, The Molly Moon Series, and The Reader. I’m currently reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
My first book review will be of Life of Pi. Disclaimer: Never reviewed a book before. Not in print anyway. Maybe I’ll develop a new skill. Haha.
Life of Pi was excruciatiling detailed. I mean, everything was explained. Everything from Pi’s name to the city of Pondicherry to the island of man-eating algae. I was nearly 60 pages in before I really grasped the author’s style. Piscine Molitor Patel is a young Indian boy who is raised by Hindu parents in Pondicherry. His father owns a zoo and Piscine is considerably better off that most. He begins to go by Pi when he switches grade school because people, even teachers, at the previous school called his Pissing. Slightly heartbreaking. In his childhood in Pondicherry, he searches for a higher power in all religions and his curiosity soon finds him learning about Jesus Christ and speaking Arabic while praising Allah. While his family is confused, his father is supportive of Pi choosing to believe in all religions when Pi is accosted on the street by the three respected church leaders. This wasn’t expressed in the movie – a bit disappointing. Pi’s father, discontent with where he thinks India is headed, decides to sell the animals, the zoo, and move his family to Canada for a new beginning. During the trip on a Japanese freighter, Pi hears a loud bang and heads up to the deck to find the ship is in turmoil and a very large storm brewing. He is frightened – not excited like the movie – and before he can go back to his cabin and wake his family, he is thrown overboard by the French cook. His lifeboat tosses and turns, a zebra jumps in and in the process breaks his leg, and he keeps Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger, from drowning by helping him on to the boat. Immediately, he realizes his mistake and the boat is tossed and turned and Pi believes that Richard Parker has been thrown overboard. The waves of the ocean during the storm are brutal and he watches as the freighter takes his whole family, his whole life down to the bottom of the Pacific. Within the week, Pi discovers that Richard Parker is very much alive on the boat after he saves Pi’s life from the feral hyena on board. The rest of the book is a harrowing account of this boy’s life and his ability to train Richard Parker. Overall, great book. There is a part in there where he tries to eat Richard Parker’s poo – gross – and also, he goes blind and the French cook gets eaten. Those aren’t in the movie but man, totally interesting to read.
Next time, I want to review Carrie Pilby but in the meantime, if you haven’t read Life of Pi, I think you should consider it. Think of the movie and the book as two separate entities. It’ll help you enjoy both better.