The novel, Life of Pi, states that between the covers is a story “that will make you believe in God”. Its a strong statement. Phenomenal novel.
Yann Martel’s style of writing: Its simply fascinating. It is his words that convinced me that caging animals is not necessarily a bad idea. He convinced me how rich a spiritual mind can be. He made me realize how rude it is to call someone a FOB. He made me respect art, religion and philosophy more than I ever had before. His novel, Life of Pi, made me literally ‘laugh out loud’. Yann Martel. There are no words for him.
I talk about this gentleman today because I was amused by how committed he is in an attempt to make our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, embrace literature that is more philosophical than The Guinness Book of World Records. He emphasizes the importance of ” intellectual and imaginative life of the nation”. In April, 2007, he began posting a book every two weeks to Stephen Harper. He had some inspiring words on his perception of busy lives and the importance of finding a ‘still’ moment. Here it is:
Life, it seems, favours moments of stillness to appear on the edges of our perception and whisper to us, “Here I am. What do you think?” Then we become busy and the stillness vanishes, yet we hardly notice because we fall so easily for the delusion of busyness, whereby what keeps us busy must be important, and the busier we are with it, the more important it must be. And so we work, work, work, rush, rush, rush. On occasion we say to ourselves, panting, “Gosh, life is racing by.” But that’s not it at all, it’s the contrary: life is still. It is we who are racing by.