Saturday/ The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is showing in the USA and a group of us went to see it in 3-D here in Seattle. (For the mathematicians : yes, Pi as in the mathematical constant.  I loved the scene where the boy writes out Pi to hundreds of decimal places from memory. Maybe a nod to India’s proud history in contributing to mathematics?).  It’s a spectacular film, and I liked it a lot.  If one didn’t know, one would never say the tiger is almost all ultra high-tech computer graphics technology.  (In only a very few scenes – such as the tiger swimming in the water – was a real tiger used).  The Pacific Ocean is a terrifying tsunami-wave storm at times, and has a sheer mirror-pond surface at others. The story is full of metaphors and layers.  I would say it asks of the reader or the movie-goer ‘What is your story?’ ‘What do you believe?’ ‘What lets you survive?’.

[From Wikipedia] Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. .. In 2012 it was adapted into a theatrical feature film.


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