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    12-29-2012, 12:22 PM
I don't think there's much doubt that it's the second story that's true, not the first, though it speaks to the power of the first story that we all want so very much to believe it.

I remember clearly thinking in the first chapters after the shipwreck - Really? A tiger, a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a boy, all in a ship's lifeboat? Really? But then when I became so engrossed in the story and Pi's description of the animals's behavior, I completely suspended my disbelief.

That Pi gives the tiger a human name - Richard Parker - is a big, big clue, but I chose to ignore it as I dove into the story.

On one level, it's a very successful piece of writing, because you ignore ALL the evidence that this not a realistic story because you want it to be true. The huge slap of disappointment and almost betrayal that I felt when I read the section with the interviews means the earlier sections were effective. But I still can't consider it entirely good storytelling, or being honest with the reader.

Under no circumstances should you EVER, EVER read the author's subsequent book, Beatrice and Virgil. Just don't, you've been warned.
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    12-29-2012, 12:29 PM
You should then go see the movie Maura! You completely get sucked in and can almost smell the salt of the ocean and feel the drying of your skin from it.

I missed the point about the tigers name because of the explanation that came with it. I just giggled because his name was Richard Parker and they always referred to him with both names.

Trust me, you really don't get that huge slap of disappointment, even knowing it's coming. Because the film keeps you thinking it is possible it really happened with the animals.

One thing I will say, I did cringe the whole time the zebra was in the boat, injured and knowing it would be hyena lunch. The poor thing kept whimpering...made me tear up.
    12-29-2012, 01:16 PM
Maura, what's wrong with this other book? Haha. I'll have to look it up.

You bring up a great point that you are encouraged not to see the signs, and how much your mind will rebel against the idea of the second story being real. It's fascinating in a kind of morbid way.

Jake, the religion stuff wasnt difficult to get through, and I do think it was very important to the story. It is a huge part of who Pi is.

The whole chunk of story with the zebra was horrible. Way too horse-like, it just makes me sad. And Orange Juice. That was awful too. I didn't get particularly sad about the hyena though.

My biggest confusion and "hard to wrap my head around" moment was the bit with the Frenchman on the other boat. I read through that whole bit thinking "what... the heck?"
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    12-29-2012, 01:21 PM
Hmmmm...I don't really remember the Frenchman from the book. But he was a total jerk in the movie.

And, was played by the only actor I recognized in the film. Girard Depardieu.
    12-29-2012, 01:27 PM

Pi goes blind and him and RP float around for awhile. Then Pi starts talking to someone about food. I thought he was losing his mind but then he gets his boat closer to this frenchman's boat, they bump, and the Frenchman crawls into Pi's boat only to be slain by Richard Parker. The whole thing was bizarre to read and I couldn't follow it very well and I couldn't quite grasp how real it was until he regained his sight and saw the body.
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    12-29-2012, 03:43 PM
Hmmmmm...that wasn't in the movie and I don't even think Pi went blind in the movie. Gosh my memory is really horrible!
    12-29-2012, 04:05 PM
Beatrice and Virgil has two major themes - the Holocaust and taxidermy.


Okay, towards the end of the book, both the protagonist's pets die horribly. For no clear reason that droves the plot, just as sort of a random detail.

Still not enough?

There is a play within the novel, and the play makes absolutely no frickin' sense. It's sort of like Waiting for Godot, only less happens.
    12-29-2012, 04:07 PM
Oh lord Maura...that sounds simply dreadful! Thanks for the warning. Decent review from Amazon notwithstanding, I'll give this one a pass.
    12-29-2012, 04:24 PM
Jesus that sounds incredibly dumb. O_o

Glad the blind scene isn't in the movie!
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