The book is divided into three parts. The first part is about Pi Patel’s childhood in India and his religious/spiritual development. Somehow he manages to become Hindu, Muslim and Christian all at once. I’m fascinated with religion so I enjoyed the first part of the book immensely. It also provides a few lessons on the silliness of religious conflict. If one young kid can reconcile being Christian, Muslim and Hindu simultaneously why are we getting into silly religious wars?
The second part of the book consists of our hero Pi being shipwrecked and floating across the Pacific ocean in a lifeboat - with a Royal Bengal Tiger. I’m not making this up. It is an amazing tale of survival by a kid that is just too stubborn to die. Once I got to this point of the book I only put it down to eat and use the bathroom. It was gut-wrenching, riveting and life-affirming. The third part of the book I won’t spoil for you but I will say it really left me bewildered - in a good way. After reading the book I realized why I’d been prodded for a year to read it, it’s really good.
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