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Old 24th Jan 2005, 18:00   #1
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So, I was reading Life of Pi last night, and suddenly a chill ran down my spine.

"Was that a chill that just went down my spine?" I asked myself. "Why did that happen?"

Something disturbing certainly was going on...and then I realized that Martel had taken on a not-so-subtle preaching tone on religion in the previous paragraph, and I had had a momentary flashback to The Alchemist.

I'm hoping these flashbacks don't start occurring more frequently--I'm enjoying the book so far, other than that one particular moment. It certainly blows my other Booker Prize read, Vernon God Little, out of the water.
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Old 24th Jan 2005, 18:34   #2
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J.A.,

I don't remember Martel being preachy thoughout the book. I loved the story and his way of telling it.

I don't get chills during "preachy" moments but the hair on the back of my neck tends to stand straight up. I can't recall that happening while reading "The Life of Pi"......if it did, it was brief.

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I will suggest that you don't get chills because you haven't read The Alchemist yet...although that could be wrong, of course.
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Now here is the question......do I get the book to find out (whether chills are eminent) or do I stay as far away from it as possible ? :?
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RUN AWAY!!!

and

do

not

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The first time I read this book I found it quite irksome. I was really disappointed by what I thought was a weak conclusion to a reasonably interesting plot.
The second time I read it (yeah, I dunno either), I read it to my son and I loved it.
It's a different experience reading it to a 12 year old boy. Try and get hold of one to read books to.
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OI! I don't know who put this into the Book Reviews section, but it wasn't intended as a review. It was only intended as a comment. A chatty comment. In the chat section.
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Not me guvnor. That pesky Wavid was knocking about earlier though.
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Ah yes, t'was me. I know it wasn't a specific review, but given the title of the thread - it being a bout a specific book - I thought it best to be in here, so if anyone else wants to talk about it they can.

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My problem is that I enjoyed it; couldn't understand why it might lead people to believe in God (as it says in the blurb), because I'm dim like that; and very much need to read it again, to get the whole thing about exactly *who* is in the boat with Pi.

I did like the floating island very much.
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