I watched the movie before reading the book but I’ve seen it lying around at home years ago. I think my mom owned it and I thought the cover was really pretty.
And that was it. I had a million other books to read back then and this I thought any book about ‘piety’ must be an old person’s kind of book (no offense, mom haha!). Apparently, the word Pi in the title refers to the main character’s name but the book has a lot to do with religion as well.
Here’s the plot: After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
I watched the movie in 3D and wow, what beautiful visuals, it was so amazing. The ending was quite questionable though. Please skip this whole italicized segment if you don’t want spoilers.
The way the director (Ang Lee) had Pi tell the “other story” to those reporters was just too fast. But I guess it was better to have the camera on Pi as opposed to a full re-enactment of the animals as people. Although he did that whole cheesy tiger + Pi frame towards the end. But aside from that it was a very beautiful story. If you didn’t enjoy it, you probably didn’t understand it. My interpretation of it is that there were zero animals on the lifeboat. The hyena was the cook, the zebra was the sailor, the orangutan was Pi’s mom – just as Pi told the reporters when they asked to hear an alternative of the “Bengal Tiger story.” Richard Parker is actually Pi and his much needed animalistic side to survive living out on the sea alone for months. When the tiger just left him when they drifted ashore without even looking back, that’s when Pi cried like a little baby. He was back on land, he did not need to be tough anymore. Why did he have to tell the story this way? Why the use of animals and not just straight up what happened? Because the author was trying to prove that, like religion, we all believe in the same thing but we heard different stories of it.
I have no idea if I’m correct, I haven’t actually researched on it but I’m happy with my interpretation. I’m not crazy about religion especially with the way the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has been power tripping so much. I don’t like hearing priests talking about how the RH bill is evil during homily. I was baptized a Roman Catholic, I go to church when I can, I pray to God when I remember to, I am not the most religious person in the world but I have a lot of faith in God.
Life of Pi is an interesting read. I don’t believe it’s preachy, it’s well-written and I enjoyed reading it very much.
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