Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel 

Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️

Movie Rating 4.5/5 ⭐️


    The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. 

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?

Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…”


   Wow. Seriously this novel blew me away! One of my top favorite novels iI read back in 2016! It is packed with skepticism in how people view the world, the whole point in Yann Martel writing this novel is to leave the reader at the end questioning which story they prefer. The human tale or the one with animals. Yann, is asking if you prefer to view the world in ways that make sense, things you are able to see OR if you prefer to view the world in miracles or faith. I respect the fact that this novel was written so you could decide which to believe in and not pushing you to convert to a single belief. In truth, I am unsure of which story to believe in, do I believe in miracles? Of course, to some extent. Do I choose to make sense of things in the real world? Of course, as a writer it’s basically all you’re doing, trying to make sense of things to make connections. But the fault that I struggle with is believing in a higher power, that is my downfall. Anyways, Life Of Pi is seriously stuffed full of visuals, there were so many descriptive and lovely scenes I produced in my head thanks to all the detail, which is another reason why I am soooo in love with this book. I seriously itch to read this novel over again like constantly! I also found another novel by him in goodwill for .99¢ (which is where I practically get the majority of my novels) it’s called Beatrice and Virgil, which in time when I get around to reading it I will post a review! So I really feel like if you haven’t read this yet then it is seriously a MUST read and even if you saw the movie first, I do still suggest to read the book even if they are VERY similar.

Movie Rating 4.5/5 ⭐️

Let me start off by saying that this rating is EXTREMELY rare for me to do. I did dock half a star because I did have particular issues with some changes the movie producers made. Yes, I am absolutely one of those book snobs who always criticizes the movies because it’s sad to say it is so rare for movies to capture the novels true essence. I don’t mind the tiny changes, but when you start completely taking things away from a major events that happened in the novels, thats when I get super picky and annoyed. I will list some of the major changes that I had issues with (in the movie), in order and then I will post a link to a site that lists the 32 changes from novel to movie. 

  • Pi feeding the new tiger at the zoo by hand
  • Pi discovering Catholicism 
  • Pi pointing out who or what “Richard Parker” is
  • Richard Parker discovery on the boat
  • The Hyena attacking the zebra and the orangutan
  • Death of the Hyena 
  • Pi planning ways to kill Richard Parker (never happens in movie!!!!!)
  • Seeing an oil tanker (also never happens in the movie!!!)
  • Pi never hearing a voice of another person (that whole scene was gold)


I will post the link to the differences of the book vs. movie, but please don’t read them if you don’t want to spoil anything!!! You can always come back to compare!!

Novel vs. Movie

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