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When Life of Pi was first released back in 2001 I have to admit I dismissed it as YA (young adult) fantasy, which isn’t a genre I’m really into. However, when the film was released it piqued my curiosity and I ended up downloading it for Kindle to see what all the fuss was about.
The story follows Piscine ‘Pi’ Molitor Patel, a boy from Pondicherry, India. In literal terms it follows his formative years and the adventure for him and his family that is emigrating to a new land. Life of Pi is divided into three sections.
Part 1 of Life of Pi really is the story-setter, as you would expect but the background on Pi, and how he got his nickname is a thrilling tale on its own. The story flutters along philosophically following the thoughts of this young Indian boy, growing up in a zoo, owned and run by his parents. The tiger, rhinoceros and the goats all have their place, as do spirituality, religion and very many metaphors.