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Who is Richard Parker?
le 9 avril 2003
Pi is a young Indian boy who lives with his family in Pondicherry, an ex-French enclave in southern India. His father owns a zoo, which is also their home until one day the family decide to emigrate to Canada. During the long voyage by sea, the ship in which they travel on capsizes but Pi manages to land in a lifeboat with some unusual guests aboard. Thus begins his long and lonely journey of survival...
I don't usually pick up a book that has won a serious prize as I tend to think that they are too intellectual and too deep for me but the few words on the back cover caught my attention. I wasn't hooked immediately but was soon after Pi boarded his Noah's Ark. I felt like I was riding a wave of emotions as I accompanied Pi through his long struggle to survive. I felt his fear for Richard Parker and his triumph when the whistle he blew conquered Richard Parker. I could feel his joy and his misery of the downpours of rain and the scorching of the midday sun. The book is a wealth of discovery. How do you fish in the middle of the ocean? How do you know how to eat a turtle? How do you catch the rain? Not a book for the fainthearted though nor for vegetarians. The description of death of the zebra was not a pretty sight. And as for Pi salivating for the taste of Richard Parker's excrement, I must admit I was fascinated to find out Pi's degustation. A very original book which I would highly recommend!