Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Life of Pi

I've just started reading Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. I'm into Part II, at about 120 pages. Here is a book that, when it was released, seemed to get much acclaim and awards. I picked it up at bookstores, reread the jacket at libraries, but for some reason I just didn't know if I would like it. I heard a few good reviews from people whose opinions I respect, so this past holiday season I put it on my Amazon Wish List and got it from the hubby.

After nearly 28 years of living with my gut, I should know it's usually right. There was a reason why I hadn't read the book yet. So far, I've found it to be just OK. It's getting a little more engaging, but I'm still feeling mediocre about it. This frustrates me, especially when I have the impression that everyone else loves it. Am I missing something? The hubby could tell I was a little disconcerted when I wasn't super enthused to read last night. When I love a book I'm reading, I can't wait to get back to it. This one - eh.

Being frustrated, I perused Amazon reviews. More than 1,800 people have reviewed this book on Amazon. Nearly 1,000 gave it 5 stars, however more than 400 gave it 3 stars or less. I read a few reviews from each category, and while the 5-star givers made me feel like I was missing something great, the 3-star givers spoke to my feelings so far.

Now, several reviews said it was a tough book to get in to, but at the end is the pay off. So, I'm going to keep reading it - like I said, it's getting a bit more engaging - and we'll see how I feel in the end.

So, my question to you: Have you ever gone against popular opinion when reading a book? Either you hated a book everyone loves, or loved a story everyone hates? If you have insights to Life of Pi, feel free to post them here, or wait until I've delved deeper and write my next post.


CMS said...

I read Life of Pi this winter. It took me awhile to get into it, too. The ending is definitely interesting ... hopefully you make it through to the end so we can chat about it. (I respect your insight & opinions, esp. when it comes to books!!!)

Em said...

I haven't read Life of Pi yet, but my co-workers and fellow avid readers both disliked it. You'll have to let me know if it is worth reading. It is on my to-read list.

As you saw on my Goodreads list, I hated The Memory Keeper's Daughter. So many people just love that book, but I found the characters to be so unlikeable that I couldn't get into it.