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The Life of Pi 4

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Yann Martel (1963 - )

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Please consider recommending where to begin reading this author, or where not to. A few words about your experiences reading this author and why you make the recommendations you do will be helpful to other users. If you are the author or have studied this author extensively, please say so.

drunken dime January 6th, 2008 01:04 PM PST

I suppose you should start with "The Life of Pi" as it is his most famous book. It's the only one I've read.

I found it interesting and engaging at first but then it quickly became preposterous. I suppose that the ending, where the reader is presented with two different versions of Pi's survival tale, is supposed to provoke us to think about the nature of reality or some such crap. I thought it was juvenile and kicked myself for wasting my time on such a silly book.

So I would suggest that you read a different author first.

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