Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kholmes, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Rather than suggesting titles and voting on them, let's do something different this month. One of my former students came by to visit me a week ago. She is heading off to college in Pennsylvania in about two weeks. She said that among the few books she is taking with her is one of her all-time favorite books, THE LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel.

    Let's read it!

    Almost any library should have it, or you can get it cheaply in paperback. I'm sure it's available on tape or CD. It's not particularly long, and it's not a difficult read, but it is supposed to be entertaining, adventurous, and thought-provoking. By the way, Pi is not the math number (3.14...), but is the main character in the book! Let's all read it (how about MORE people this month!) and then, as usual, post on it, starting August 27th.

    Below is a review from

    Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."
    An award winner in Canada (and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize), Life of Pi, Yann Martel's second novel, should prove to be a breakout book in the U.S. At one point in his journey, Pi recounts, "My greatest wish--other than salvation--was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One that I could read again and again, with new eyes and fresh understanding each time." It's safe to say that the fabulous, fablelike Life of Pi is such a book. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to the Paperback edition

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  2. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    How about posting with us at the end of the month?

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  3. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Sorry Ken I cannot read books where animals get hurt or are in danger but good luck with this.

    Anne Cromwell
  4. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    It sounds like the animals are highly personified, and the story is mythical or fable-like, rather than realistic in tone.

    The harming of animals bothers me, too (some old Hemingway and Orwell stories come to mind), but if it's a problem for you, I hope you join us in reading September's book!

  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    but I will try and get it from the library.

    I'd say the odds are 3.1415.

    The Los Angeles library has lost its mind. It used to have a wonderful computer system. Like so many things in the modern world it has been improved and is now almost totally useless.

    If you search for any book w/ a title that starts with "The" you get "Thea Musgrave" and Plato's "Theatetus".

    When I looked to see if they had Dr. Bruce Campbell's book on CFS, I got a list of 8 books by Saul Epstein.

    Does the author have a sequeal in the works? "Life of Chesecake" perhaps?

  6. Denamay

    Denamay New Member

    A very good and interesting read, but as was mentioned there are some messy parts. Love Denamay

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