Sunday, October 07, 2007

Life of Pi

I just finished one of the most fascinating book I have ever read. If you haven't read it, do so. It has tidbits about life that will make you think, and then think, and think some more. You will keep thinking about it even weeks after you've finished it, as my sister told me.

It's true. The twist at the end makes you question everything you have read so far and ask yourself, "What was real?" Which part was true?

They don't tell you. It is something you have to decide for yourself.

Isn't that so indicative of life? Isn't that what we do everyday? Decide what we want to believe? What we choose to think is true? What do we do in the face of adversity? Do we give up or keep on plugging?

Do we make up a fantasy that we believe is true and refuse to ever deny or is it really real? Is it just our mind trying to make sense of a difficult situation so that we would cling to anything rather than admit to ourselves what has really happened to us?

I do think we do that. Some of us. Others will never believe our story. It is too fantastic to believe.

Honestly, is makes me think of Joseph Smith. His story is too fantastic to believe.....almost. How is it possible to trust someone with such a wild story? Who in their right mind would? You can't prove it. There is no conclusive, hard evidence but his word. Do we tell him to make up a different story that people would like better? That is was those men at the end wanted Pi to do.

In the end, you choose what you want to choose. You stick to you guns. Either believe in God or don't believe in God. Don't be one of those fence sitters that never chooses a side. Don't sentence yourself to a life of indecision. No more debating, no more arguing the point. Just choose for heavens sake. That is one of the lessons that really made me think in this book.

In the end, I have to say I loved it. I learned things that I will never be able to put into words. I made me love life even more than I did before.


Lisa M. said...

I've read it- and I felt quite the same way-

I agree with the JS analogy-

Lisa M. said...

You have an award waiting at my place.

s'mee said...

hey kid, if you have time for've been place for details!

Yolanda said...

I've read the book before...but cannot remember specifics...I need to find my copy, and re-read it!!

Lammy said...

I saw this advertized at the library----I think I'll read it now that I've seen your review.