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.
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