Nerds Read Books: "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel

The votes are in, and coming in with the most for the book-turned-upcoming-movie genre is "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. This time around, we'll be meeting at the AMC theater at The District to watch the 7:25 3D showing of the movie.

For anyone who's interested, after the movie (at approx. 9:40), we'll walk over to In-N-Out for some food/discussion.

For our February/March book event, the genre will be medieval fiction (books set during the Middle Ages). Make sure to bring your book suggestions to the Meetup or email them to me. I'll set up a poll after the event so we can decide which book to delve into.

Back to our book-turned-movie selection, though. Here's a review of "Life of Pi" from "Publishers Weekly":

“A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement "a story that will make you believe in God," as one character says. The peripatetic Pi (ne the much-taunted Piscine) Patel spends a beguiling boyhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper. Growing up beside the wild beasts, Pi gathers an encyclopedic knowledge of the animal world. His curious mind also makes the leap from his native Hinduism to Christianity and Islam, all three of which he practices with joyous abandon. In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive. The scenes flow together effortlessly, and the sharp observations of the young narrator keep the tale brisk and engaging. Martel's potentially unbelievable plot line soon demolishes the reader's defenses, cleverly set up by events of young Pi's life that almost naturally lead to his biggest ordeal. This richly patterned work, Martel's second novel, won Canada's 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. In it, Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc."

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  • Renuka

    I can't stop dramatically yelling at my cat "Richard Parker....!" every time she walks away from me.

    2 · January 11, 2013

    • Renuka

      Apparently "Richard Parker" is the name of a character who always gets shipwrecked... across many novels, movies, etc..

      January 11, 2013

    • Dan

      I yelled Patience! At my dog in a bad Indian accent she was not impressed.

      January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I came out; that film will stay with me for a while.

    2 · January 10, 2013

  • Katie

    Thanks for coming out, everyone! It was fun seeing/interpreting "Life of Pi" with you all.

    2 · January 10, 2013

  • Katie

    We're eight inside the doors by guest services.

    January 10, 2013

  • Jo

    Katie: I'm so sorry I am missing it! I really liked both the movie & the book. I hope you guys enjoy it. 2 parts that I really liked was the power of narrative in dealing with trauma & resiliency (therapist to the core), the humor, the hope, & the importance of saying goodbye - whether through death or having important people walk out of your life....maybe you and I can discuss some time over coffee :)

    January 10, 2013

  • Katie

    Hey everyone! I just sent out an email w/info about tomorrow's event. If you didn't get it, send me a Meetup message or let me know via this comments section, and I'll forward the email to you.

    January 9, 2013

  • Katie

    @ Jyoti - Yep! After the movie, anyone's who's interested can join me to talk about the film/book. Once I know whether or not the show will be playing at the Woodbrige theater, I'll update the page with more info.

    1 · December 6, 2012

    • Jo

      Thanks so much for the update :) can't wait for the stimulating discussion!

      January 6, 2013

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    Got it covered!
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