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My relationship with this book is a bizarre and difficult one. It took me around 5 months to finish it (which is frankly ridiculous given its length). To say it was a struggle would be an understatement. Yet I had to finish it, every time I gave up it played on my mind until I picked it up again.
I am not a spiritual person. I have no real relationship with god or religion and this book is full of it, to the point where at times I struggled to understand it. I found the beginning to be amazingly long winded the build-up seemed to go on forever and, to be honest, at times it bored the pants off me. The middle bit (on the boat) was not as magical as I thought it would be, (obviously I went into this amazingly unprepared and really didn’t have a clue what it was about)and I spent all my time worrying about the animals.
So…how did a book that took me so long to read, bored me, and confused me leave me in tears at the end? (No, not tears because I had finally gotten to the end) the truth is that I just don’t know.
Life of Pi is inexplicably moving, and I cannot explain why I was so moved by it. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have come across. Yann Martel truly knows how to craft magic with words.
This is not a book that everyone will like, but I think everyone should try and read it. It was not right for me but for some readers I think it will be a truly unforgettable and powerful read.