Friday, 30 August 2013

Artful Readers Club August 2013

Welcome back for another review in this year's challenge with Darcy, the Artful Readers Club.

This month I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
It was on Graham's reading list for the school holidays, so we decided to read it at the same time, but as a 14 year old doesn't have to wash, iron, cook and clean - he finished quite a bit before me and then kept asking if this or that had happened yet !!!

I think because the book has already been made into a film, I wasn't looking forward to reading it.
 I don't know why as I've not seen the film yet, but there was just something putting me off.

But I can now say that I loved it, even if I was a bit surprised by the ending - I'm not going to spoil it for you but I probably could have finished about 20 pages earlier and still been happy.

I loved reading about the zoo in Ponticherry, Pi's home town. I had a little chuckle about his name and his uncle. I was on the edge of my seat a few times as Pi and Richard Parker travelled across the Pacific Ocean. I felt Pi's pain in the hot sun and the sting of salt water. I felt his relief at meeting other humans. I understood his difficulty in choosing just one religion.

 I would recommend this book as I really felt the sense of adventure that I haven't got out of a book for ages. Although I would never get on a cargo ship crossing the Pacific !!!!

Alison xx


  1. I'm sure many have read the book or seen the movie, but I have done neither of these, so this was quite exciting for me. I also liked how you depicted the boat in the water. Quite clever.

  2. Sounds like a fabulous story...and your sinking ship looks wonderfully thought provoking. Great effect :D XXX

  3. Brilliant way to show the sinking ship. It also evoked the thoughts of sharks in the water too. So simple and so clever.

    I am looking forward to reading this book later in the year.

    Janet xx

  4. LOVED THE BOOK...artwork is very symbolic and thought provoking!!

  5. I loved your art, but I think I must be the only person in the whole world who did not like this book! I wonder what's wrong with me? It's great that it gave you such pleasure and that you were able to feel that sense of adventure again. It is, of course, part of the fun of reading reviews that we all differ in what we enjoy. Hope that your next week's book is just as much fun for you. Julie Ann xx

  6. I bought this book ages ago - because I'm a maths nerd and I thought it was about the number Pi :D It couldn't be less mathsy but still a lovely book - glad you enjoyed it. I love the way the torn edge on your boat looks like surf, very clever

  7. I watched the film and totally loved it, I only got about a third of the way through the book, and I gave up. I think they is because if was on an e-reader and i just cannot get to grips with them. i need a real book in my hands.

  8. Glad you enjoyed the book, I did too. Love the mixture of blues in your art work, very evocative of all that time he spent "alone" at sea.
    Jen x

  9. So pleased you enjoyed the book - I couldn't get beyond the first chapter and haven't seen the film.
    Love your artwork too.
    Hugs xx

  10. I wanted to see the film but it was so boring I only skipped through it. I'm glad the book is better. They usually are. :)