Of course, the very first update would be Life of Pi. This consistently ranks as one of my favorite novels, if not my most favorite. I must admit, it’s been a while since I’ve picked it up, but I have read it multiple times since I first read it my sophomore year of high school.
It’s certainly one of those books where you just say “what the fuck” as you’re reading it. The story doesn’t really begin until about halfway through the book, but the first half allows you to really attach yourself to Pi, the main character. You learn about his family and his upbringing and why the family has decided to move their zoo to Canada.
But everything goes awry when the ship carrying the family and the zoo animals capsizes, and Pi is stranded on a life boat with an orangutan, a wounded zebra, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger. The rest of the book, you’re constantly wondering how any of this makes sense, and then you read the last few chapters. And you cry. And sob. And bawl.
What I really enjoyed about this book is how much it challenged my notions of religion.
You’re thrown into a novel where three of the largest religions butt heads: Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, and the result is both thought-provoking and hilarious.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know already, they’re turning this book into a movie (duh, because that’s what they do with any good book these days). Here is one of the early still images released of what it should look like. The director is Ang Lee, who also did Brokeback Mountain, which was a stunning movie, visually speaking. I’m really anxious to see what Lee will be able to cook up with Life of Pi.
In short, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to anyone, and to anyone I say, “Just get through it. I know it seems strange, but it’s worth the cry in the end.”
Click here to give Life of Pi a try, and make sure to come back and leave a comment telling me what you thought! (Basically, telling me how much you loved it. Hopefully.)