Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Book 6/30.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2 ½ stars

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I’m not a believer in ½ stars when it comes to reviews, so this is one of those very rare occasions I give a book a rating that has half a star. And the reason for that is it wasn’t enjoyable enough for a 3 star rating, but not meh enough for a 2 star one.

Unlike several Goodreads reviewers, I didn’t have a problem with the religious aspects of the novel. What I did have a problem with was the excessive explanations/descriptions of the parts of the lifeboat. Like, enough already! Also, for a substantial amount of the 227 days Pi is adrift, the story drags a lot with the same thoughts and concepts. So boring!

I liked the survival aspects of the story, from the animals on the boat to how Pi had to hunt for food in the ocean once they eventually ran out of supplies. The second story towards the end (page 303 – 311 in my edition) was captivating, shocking, gory and sad (and SHORT 😅) so to me it was definitely the better story and a large part of the reason why this may be a 2 ½ star read, but it appears as 3 stars on Goodreads and not 2 stars.

I watched the movie not long after it was released so I don’t remember it that well, but I do know I enjoyed it so this may be one of those very rare occasions where the movie is better than the book 🤷‍♀️

View all my reviews

** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s