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3.14 - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
Arrived home from the Ballroom at 2:15 or so. Promptly fell asleep but woke up very early -still dark, and couldn't go back to sleep. So I picked up the ipad and opened the book I had been reading, 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel which had been given away in Apple's iTunes Christmas promotion. I wasn't too sure about the book because of it having been given away free and the religious connotations that suffuse through it, as well as the hint of allegory always round the corner, all things which tend to put me off. The main scenario of the book is so implausible, so very very implausible… and yet with all that it is a gripping read -at least for me! one has to always qualify those things, as what is fascinating for me may be soporific for you and the other way round, those are the ways of the world.

I'm still half way through the book and Piscine is still shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean in the rather very dangerous company of Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger. If that sentence sounds bizarre..


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untermensch From: untermensch Date: February 5th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I quite enjoyed it!
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 5th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ending is so horribly disappointing, though. I dislike allegory and this was so soaked in it.
untermensch From: untermensch Date: February 5th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! Fucking let down, I hated the ending but I had to wait for you to finish before saying it :)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 8th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see that. it's a lovely book with a crushingly disappointing ending.
pitufina From: pitufina Date: February 5th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked it. Then again I don't mind allegory or religious connotations.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 8th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
But it wasn't that, those things didn't put me off. I didn't like the ending. It was a happy ending, as we knew it would be, it wasn't that, but I found it so disappointing, I felt ... cheated, in some way.
zenithed From: zenithed Date: February 6th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I was confused by the bit with the the carnivorous plants and the meerkats, what the hell was that an allegory for?
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flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 8th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I enjoyed it too, but I found the ending crushingly disappointing; I felt kind of cheated...
_jojo_ From: _jojo_ Date: February 8th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember being totally engrossed with that book at the time I read it. I really enjoyed it. But I can't for the life of me remember how it ends now!
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 8th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Better that way!:D It's not a bad ending, in the sense of t tragic, or anything like that, it is a happy ending I suppose; just crushingly disappointing for me.
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