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Life of Pi,
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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Initial post: Aug 16, 2009 10:43:14 AM PDT
C. Look says:
Yes, yes, and yes. You said it better than I ever could have. "Not a hint of cynicism or pessimism" - yes, I think that is what made me truly fall in love with it.
Posted on Apr 23, 2010 6:21:33 AM PDT
Words can be music says:
Excellent review. Interesting that so many reviewers have either missed its magic completely or turned it into a treatise. Bleah!
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