Dearest Life of Pi,
Hurrah! I finally finished you after about 8 years of putting you down, picking you up, putting you down, picking you up…I thought I blamed it on my 20s and not knowing any better – or rather not having enough patience to follow through. I think that’s still the case, but I don’t think I was totally far off. Yes, I definitely didn’t have that annoying tick inside of me that needs to follow through on books
(which I totally have now), but 8 years apart and the answer remains true: you’re not that good of a book.
This is what I did like about you: you were realistic; you were set in India; the main character was someone I did care for and was curious to see how you’d end up. This is what I didn’t like about you: your quest for God was only surface level; you kinda were rambling and empty at time; your arduous journey towards land wasn’t that much of a relief; you were connecting your story to a life metaphor but I don’t think even you knew what it was.
It wasn’t a complete waste of time; I did feel like I accomplished something by finishing you. I appreciate that. I appreciate the closure that you have given me regarding completion. I like that. Will I be recommending this one to others? Do I know exactly what the fuss was all about? Well, you know the answer to that one.
I hope that Ang Lee can perhaps illuminate you more, in ways that only Ang Lee can because he is a wonderful filmmaker. How he will make a film where a Bengal tiger is the second most important role is beyond me – I will still watch.
Thanks for something that I am still trying to figure out,