Life of Pie Book Review


Pi Patel is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.  The son of a zookeeper, Pi accompanies his parents (and a slew of animals, including an orangutan, a zebra, and a Bengal tiger) on a boat ride from India to North America.  As is the case in many water travel tales, the boat sinks.  Amidst mass chaos and fear, Pi is finally able to find a lifeboat…only to discover it’s already occupied.

Awaiting Pi’s arrival on the lifeboat is a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.  His family is gone.  The boat is gone.  He has a limited supply of food and water and now must learn to not only take care of his own health, but the health of these scared and flustered animals.

Pi and his companions remain lost at sea for 227 days.  What ensues is an imaginative and unforgettable tale of adventure, survival, and most importantly, faith.

The Life of Pi is ultimately the story of Pi’s struggles with faith, religion, and belief.  Through his harrowing time floating through the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean, Pi has time to contemplate, soul search, and ends up finding security in the thing he fears the most.

This fascinating survival story is magical and thought provoking.  It may leave you questioning your beliefs, what you think to be true, and what will motivate you to keep going, despite all the struggles.

NEXT WEEK:  It’s Thanksgiving Week at The Hob-bee Hive…so, quite appropriately, next week’s book is “a brilliant, gripping narrative” about the Native American struggles for land and life.

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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