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Life of Pi....shall I persevere with it?

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CroissantNeuf Tue 11-Oct-11 09:44:24

DP read this and said it was great so I started reading it and was quite enjoying it initially but now I'm finding it a bit dull TBH (I'm at the bit thats all about the religions).

I never used to give up on books ever but a few years ago I realised that there's no point in wasting your life reading something you really are not enjoying. However I keep hearing that this book is so good that I don't want to miss out.

Shall I keep going or not?

whereismywine Tue 11-Oct-11 10:07:04

Oo yes. The start - in fact a lot of the first half! -nearly put me off but it gets so so much better. Persevere!

Snuppeline Tue 11-Oct-11 10:09:47

Yes! Its amazing! It turned my head completely. I too was a bit meh whilst reading the first half of the book. But it blew my mind at the end. Really did!

LakeFlyPie Tue 11-Oct-11 10:12:07

Keep going, it's a fantastic book.

auntierozzi Tue 11-Oct-11 10:26:08

I didn't persevere CroissantNeuf I had the same reaction to you. This thread has inspired me to go and dig it out again though. Thanks you other readers.

GooseyLoosey Tue 11-Oct-11 10:28:59

I gave up with it so can't answer whether its worth persevering with.

glitch Tue 11-Oct-11 10:32:20

Yes, yes, yes, absolutely keep going. It is one of my favourite books.

PandaG Tue 11-Oct-11 10:34:31

Ah. I persevered, and really did not like it at all. Neither did the majority of my book group!

PenguinsAreThePoint Tue 11-Oct-11 10:34:59

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inneedofphotoshop Tue 11-Oct-11 10:36:13

Same as Penguin

MollyintheMoon Tue 11-Oct-11 10:36:23

I really enjoyed it and recommended it to DH who hated it. wink

BlowHole Tue 11-Oct-11 10:39:56

I found the bit where he was lost in the boat quite harrowing, and gave up, but I was pregnant at the time I was reading it, so may have been more sensitive than usual.

Hullygully Tue 11-Oct-11 10:41:27

The end is shit.

The rest was good.

Maybe give up just before the end.

starrywillow Tue 11-Oct-11 10:42:02

I loved it until the end which really disappointed me.

whereismywine Tue 11-Oct-11 10:54:09

I loved the end!

Hullygully Tue 11-Oct-11 10:54:33

Did you?! What did you love about it?

whereismywine Tue 11-Oct-11 11:31:34

I think I like the ambiguity...was going to write more but thought it might spoil it! It's made me want to read it again actually. Bt maybe only the second half.

Shakey1500 Tue 11-Oct-11 11:35:45

I gave up after about 50 pages. The writing style wasn't grabbing me.

CroissantNeuf Tue 11-Oct-11 16:25:07

Mixed feelings about it then!

I think I'll carry on, at least for a bit longer.

Thanks for your replies. Its reassuring to know that others have struggled with it a bit too.

whereismywine Tue 11-Oct-11 16:56:29

Get at least to the bit where he's on the boat with the animals. It is a lot better than the first half. You could always skip to that bit! I'm a terrible reading cheat.

EggyAllenPoe Tue 11-Oct-11 16:59:17

persevere - i thought it was brilliant.

i thought the beginning was brilliant too.

there was a bit of a weird bit towards the end...but on the whole a stonkingly good read.

and anyway, the only thing worse than a bad book, is a bad book you don't know the ending of.

Summatontoast Tue 11-Oct-11 17:00:38

This book is in my top 10 - love it.

purpleturtletoise Tue 11-Oct-11 17:01:09

Falls into the category of 'time I'll never get back' for me.

Are we all helping?

Blueberties Tue 11-Oct-11 17:01:36

In a word.

No.

BumgrapesofWrath Tue 11-Oct-11 17:05:45

After I finished the book I felt very disappointed, and felt I'd wasted a lot of time reading it. However, the end does make you think (but still can't make my mind up about it)

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