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[Dec. 27th, 2012|04:19 pm]
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first of all - to those who asked for my pdf files for clean eating, i cant email them to you now but in 2-3 weeks probably! im in my home country and the internet is spectacularly slow it took me half an hour just to open up tqc lol.

anyway - has anyone read life of pi? what did you think of it?

i believe it was a book i needed to read and a story i needed to hear. i am so glad i read it! i had trouble with the idea of god and religion, but the book made those concepts so clear in such a graceful way.

[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-12-27 08:46 am (UTC)


I read it years ago and I liked it. I think the religion/god aspect of it would really irritate me now, whereas back then it didn't bother me, but I'm sure I'd still enjoy the rest of it just as much. And the movie was good.
[User Picture]From: blkrabbitofinle
2012-12-27 08:55 am (UTC)


I'm religiously dense; what's the meaning/significance of the whole "And so it goes with God" in regards to preferring the story with animals?
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-12-27 09:01 am (UTC)


I am really not too confident I know the right answer since I only read the book once, in like 2006, and am a total atheist, but with that said... I think it basically means preferring -- and choosing -- to believe in something that is beautiful and poetic and moving to you, despite there being more logical, but perhaps drier/less rich, explanations available.

*it sort of ties in with the whole theme of Pi practicing 3 (or more?) very different religions. He practices "buffet style", picking out different things he like about each different religion, following whichever parts appeal to him. I think it's all about the decision to CHOOSE what to believe, about life and about what is and isn't real.

Edited at 2012-12-27 09:09 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-12-27 02:04 pm (UTC)


This is how I interpreted it also. They liked the story with the animals, because it was a "better" story than the harsh realities of how the humans could have acted on the boat. Animals are supposed to act like that, people aren't.

Thus "And so it goes with God" is a play on that - people pick what they believe is the "better" story. For Pi, each of the religions had a story which resonated within him, so he was able to pick the facets which were better stories in each and carry those internally.

I can understand why one does that, I primarily consider myself a druid, but I pick from various things to create my ideal belief system.

[User Picture]From: wexdance
2012-12-27 11:26 am (UTC)


Yes, I think it's a very good and well written story. Liked the movie too.
[User Picture]From: grimalkinrn
2012-12-27 12:53 pm (UTC)


I read Life of Pi a few years ago. It was good, but did not change my views on religion in any way.
[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-12-27 01:57 pm (UTC)


I loved both the book and the movie.
[User Picture]From: 69love_songs
2012-12-27 02:35 pm (UTC)


I loved Life of Pi and I can't wait to see the film (I haven't had time yet).
[User Picture]From: jensanity78
2012-12-28 12:55 am (UTC)


I loved the book and the movie but I'm still not a believer