marți, 7 mai 2013

Book of the week : "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel

I had some time off from work and everything,so i went offline for a few days,sorry for that,but now i'm back,and i prepared for you a new post the Book of the week: "Life of Pi"..what a book!!!It will change you,i'm not a religios guy,but as Yann Martel says it best,this story it will make you undertand God,and all the storyes from the bible. in my opinion this is a lifechanging book,it will show you what improvisation does for you,what imagination means,and in how many purposes can be used!
I'm sure many of you have heard about the movie "Life of Pi",and many of you saw it and didn't understand it,or didn't like it..well,that's just too bad,but i'm not here to judge anyone...the movie had some amazing visual effects,and it followed the story from the book quite close,i didn't imagined it so indian/funny in my head while i was reading it,but except the guy that played the narator(bad bad acting),it was nice,i've enjoyed it!

Yann Martel

(born June 25, 1963) is a Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi.
Although his first language is French, Yann Martel writes in English: "English is the language in which I best express the subtlety of life. But I must say that French is the language closest to my heart. And for this same reason, English gives me a sufficient distance to write."
Martel was born in Salamanca,Spain. He was raised in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, and Canada.As an adult, Martel has spent time in Iran, Turkey and India. After studying philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Martel spent 13 months in India visiting mosques, churches, temples and zoos, and spent two years reading religious texts and castaway stories. He now lives in Saskatoon, Canada.

Life of Pi

One of the things that makes Life of Pi such an extraordinary read is that it covers so many fascinating subjects like overviews of animal behavior, survival at sea, the limits of reason, and a boy's coming of age. The novel is a work of spiritual adventurism, a expression of mystical awareness, and a salute to the ample powers of imagination and the versatility of storytelling. During his long stay aboard the lifeboat with the tiger, Pi notes: "My greatest wish — other than salvation — was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time."

This ambitious novel is stuffed with ideas, interesting people, and exciting situations. Each reader could spend quite a bit of time pondering the spiritual implications of the deep relationship that develops between Pi and Richard Parker over the course of their confinement together. At first, the teenage is scared out of his wits that the animal will eat him. Then he tries to keep the tiger happy with food, fresh water, and regular routines. The final level of their interaction is a surprise that will only startle those who haven't had the delight of close mystical relationships with animals.

Life of Pi is a multileveled exploration of the beautiful mysteries that light up our lives and have no rhyme nor reason of their own. Yet without them, we would be nothing more than wonder-deprived creatures.

Favorite quotes

“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud...” 

“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” 

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” 

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