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by Alessandro Baricco
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If bank robbers go to jail, why do intellectuals roam free?, August 10, 2002
This review is from: City (Hardcover)
I made the mistake of holding off on reading this because the critics didn't seem to like it. But the criticisms are injust. It is more like Ocean Sea than it is like Silk. I would suggest that it is a little more mature than Ocean Sea. It is vast and surreal, yet cohesive and holds your attention. It is a wonderful book -- touching and funny and depressing, blah blah blah. Difficult to describe. But absolutely worth reading.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Hardcover
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97 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Pi, May 25, 2002
This review is from: Life of Pi (Hardcover)
This is the best new novel I have read in years. It is completely refreshing. In this novel there isn't a hint of cynicism or pessimism. It is horrific and frightening, and yet optimistic in the most moving way. The only part where the sometimes inflated ego that Mr Martel has exhibited in previous books shows through (and I write this with a smile on my face) is when he suggests that the story "will make you believe in God." Don't worry, it will not corrupt you into organized religion, be it Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, nor does it even try. Yet, perhaps the key to the fascinating affect that this beautiful and horrifying work has is this rare (even unique!) underlying spirituality. It is a book of symbols, which you at first believe are quite simple, slowly developing (like an avalanche) into complexity. And yet when the story is over it becomes clear in a shocking instant that, all along, the symbols were even more simple and meaningful (in the most realistic sense) than you could have ever imagined. I was mesmerized by this book and could not put it down.
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