The narrator is portrayed as a confident young man who, apart from his knowledge in zoology, is keen to learn more about religion. Having been raised up in Hinduism, he seeks to understand all that appertains to Christianity and Islamism. In the end, all that mattered to him was his connection with God rather than arguments on what religion is right or wrong. Superficially, the antagonists in this story are Richard Parker and Nature. Pi’s trouble at sea begins with the challenge presented by the tiger and progresses to starvation.
The real conflict that Pi faces is internal in nature. He struggles to remain strong in his faith, but at the same time, he is compelled to kill and forego vegetarianism in order to live. In respect themes in the story, the author addresses aspects such as belief in God, Primacy of survival, storytelling, and pursuit of knowledge.
I liked how the author used Pi to address the theme of religious intolerance. At the end, it was clear to me that what matters most is not the religion one belongs to but the personal relationship they have created with God. Nevertheless, the book seemed lengthy and boring especially when the author talked much about the nature-something which I disliked.
Khaled Hosseini is the author of the novel The Kite Runner. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965, Hosseini grew up in that place but later on relocated to Iran, Paris, France, and finally the United States. The setting of the book is in multiple countries and spans over a couple of decades (1975-2001). However, the significant areas are affluent districts of Kabul, Afghanistan and the regions of California, the U.S. The climatic seasons play a significant role with the spring denoting time to return to school, and winter, the kite running period. Hosseini uses simple vocabulary in a more focused way to convey the message.
Amir is the protagonist in the story. The book gives an account of his childhood story in Afghanistan and how he commits detestable sin against Hassan, who is also his stepbrother.