Friday, February 27, 2009

Life of Pi

I read BOOKCLUB CLASSICS today and found a reference to an interesting article - Life of Pi: Why "unfilmable" books can make the best movies.

Is there anyone out there who hasn't read LIFE OF PI? For those who haven't it's the story of 16-year-old Pi Patel, the son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry, India. His father decides to move the family and some of the animals to Canada. Pi is set adrift in the Pacific after a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger, a zebra, a spotted hyena and an orangutan. It's a harrowing adventure as the tiger kills the other animals and Pi must use all his wits to stay alive. When their raft reaches the coast the tiger runs off and the authorities don't believe his story. Finally Pi tells them another more conventional version. Which is the truth? The reader must decide. What do I believe? - I think Pi created an adventure, one that he truly believes, one that allowed him to survive the terror, boredom, hunger and all the other emotions that go along with a journey that is physically and mentally agonizing.
Can this complex novel be made into a good movie? I have my doubts, but I did enjoy
Big Fish

It's another story where you must distinguish between a man's fish tales and reality.