My reading of “Life of Pi”


“I was giving up. I would have given up- if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my head. The voice said, “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put all the hard Work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not ide. Amen””.

I have chosen this paragraph because it explains what is important in this book. The book is about surviving with help from God. It is about how religion can help one through even the toughest situations. I this paragraph the main character explain why he chose to live than rather die. And that he put his faith in God.  


“After a thorough investigation, I made a complete list:

  • 192 tablets of anti-seasickness medicine
  • 124 tin cans of fresh water, each containing 500 millilitres, so 62 litres in all
  • 32 plastic vomit bags
  • 31 cartons of emergency rations, 500 grams each, so 15,5 kilos in all
  • 16 wool blankets
  • 12 solar stills
  • 10 or so orange life jackets, each with an orange beadles whistle attached by a string
  • 6 morphine ampoule syringes
  • 6 hand flares
  • 5 buoyant oars
  • 4 rocket parachute flares
  • 3 tough, transparent plastic bags, each with a capacity of about 50 litres
  • 3 can openers
  • 3 graduated glass beakers for drinking
  • 2 boxes of waterproof matches
  • 2 buoyant orange smoke signals
  • 2 mid-size orange plastic buckets
  • 2 buoyant orange plastic bailing cups
  • 2 multi-purpose plastic containers with airtight lids
  • 2 yellow rectangular sponges
  • 2 buoyant synthetic ropes, each 50 metres long.
  • 2 non-buoyant synthetic ropes of unspecified length, but each at least 30 metres long.
  • 2 fishing kits with hooks, lines and sinkers
  • 2 gaffs with very sharp barbed hooks
  • 2 sea anchors
  • 2 hatchets
  • 2 rain catchers
  • 2 black ink ballpoint pens
  • 1 nylon cargo net
  • 1 solid lifebuoy with an inner diameter of 40 centimetres and an outer diameter of 80 centimetres, and an attached rope
  • 1 large hunting knife with a solid handle, an pointed end and one edge a sharp blade and the other a sawtoothed blade; attached by a long string to a ring in the locker
  • 1 sewing kit with straight and curving needles and strong white thread
  • 1 first-aid kit in a waterproof plastic case
  • 1 signalling mirror
  • 1 pack of filter tripped Chinese cigarettes
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 survival manual
  • 1 compass
  • 1 notebook with 98 lined pages
  • 1 boy with a complete set of light clothing but for one lost shoe
  • 1 spotted hyena
  • 1 Bengal tiger
  • 1 lifeboat
  • 1 ocean
  • 1 God”

This paragraph is a list of everything the life boat contained and I think it tells quite well what sort of hopeless situation the main character, Pi, finds himself in. It tells the reader that the action takes place mostly in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean. In this paragraph the reader also get some hints on what Pi has to do to survive.


«The ship sank. It made a sound like a monstrous metallic burp. Things bubbled at the surface and then vanished. Everything was screaming: the sea, the wind, my heart. From the lifeboat I saw something in the water.”

I have chosen this paragraph because I think it sums up the entire plot. The boat sinks. Pi is alone in the lifeboat and can only rely on himself (and God) to survive.  

Character Development:

“I wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul. It was the first sentient being I had ever killed. I was now a killer. I was now as guilty as Cain. I was sixteen years old, a harmless boy, bookish and religious, sentient life sacred. I never forget to include this fish in my prayers.”

I chose this paragraph because it shows how Pi changes as a person to survive. He was first a vegetarian, but when the need of food became too large he began eating fish. This was something he could never do before. He used to believe it was against Gods will, but after a while he stated that God accepted it if it helped him survive.




One thought on “My reading of “Life of Pi”

  1. Good choices of paragraphs! Seems like a vast list of provision, but then he was on that boat for a long time! Very touching the paragraph when he kills a fish for the first time. Most would not think twice about that!

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