When I get to begin teaching one of my favorite books…
Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
It’s a wondrous and magical story about a little boy from India named Pi who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
But it’s really about so much more than that.
It’s a story about choosing faith over doubt.
"The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was,
in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God."
(Life of Pi, Chapter 93)
It’s about seeing God in all things.
“The presence of God is the finest of rewards.”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 20)
It’s about creating connections instead of dwelling on differences.
“When I corrected her, I told her that, in fact, she was not so wrong, that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 50)
And most of all, it’s about choosing the better story.
“So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer?
Which is the better the story…?”
(Life of Pi, Chapter 99)
I’ve learned a lot from Pi over the years I’ve had the privilege of teaching this beautiful book, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with him this spring.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
(Charles W. Eliot)
Have you read any good books lately?
~ Nel ~
P.S. Fun Fact: All the photos for this post were taken from the books on my shelves. ( :