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Quotable Monday: Confronting Fears

Today’s quote is from Life of Pi and is one, of the many, quotes that popped out at me immediately.  There are so many excellent passages that I could choose as a Monday quote, but this one brims with both truth and inspiration.  For me, it is a beautiful gem of advice that I will try to keep in my mind at all times.
The matter is difficult to put into words.  For fear, real fear, such as shakes you to your foundation, such as you feel when you are brought face to face with your mortal end, nestles in your memory like a gangrene: it seeks to rot everything, even the words with which to speak of it.  So you must fight hard to express it.  You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it.  Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel




Title:  Life of Pi
Author:  Yann Martel
Length:  319 pages
Copyright:  September, 2001
Rating:  LOVED IT!!  Instant favorite.

I’m ten years late in reading this book, I know.  I bought this book while employed at Waldenbooks.  I purchased it solely to be able to have some knowledge of what was hot at the time, but my interest piqued when I discovered that the main characters is a practitioner of all religions simply because he just loved God.  I started this book on a Saturday and completely devoured it by Monday.  Devoured.  Like a tiger.

This book sucks you in from the first sentence – This book was born as I was hungry.  Throughout the book, there are countless gems of sentences, paragraphs, and entire chapters.  No matter how outrageous a scene becomes, it is incredibly easy to simply accept it as truth.  Pi Patel is one of the most lovable characters that I have met in fiction and, at times, I kept on reading even if only to not leave him completely alone in the telling of the incredible events that he survived during 227 days at sea.  In a small life boat.  With a Bengal Tiger.

The purpose of my blog is neither for me to sit here and expound grand philosophical or religious ideas nor is it for me to critique a novel in-depth, so I won’t travel down that road.  However, I will say, that this it the first novel in a long time that I cannot get out of my head.  I keep mulling over themes, allegories, and what my answers would be to all of the “Reading Group Guide” questions in the back of the novel.

This novel is special and one that will stick with me, quite easily, for the rest of my life. I was sad to come to the final sentence, to close the book, and to have say good-bye to Pi.  It very rarely happens that I actually, physically, miss the characters once a story is complete.  And this is one of those books.

I highly, highly recommend.
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