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Old November 30 2012, 10:27 PM   #46
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^Never saw the movie, but I read the book a couple of years ago. I don't recall if that Krishna story was in the book. I liked some aspects of the book, but overall I was a bit disappointed in it. That's just me, though.
There wasn't anything particularly special about the story itself, but the film was very well done, imho. On the other hand, I liked the element of.faith/religion and a young man's struggle to survive in the middle of the ocean.
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Old November 30 2012, 10:42 PM   #47
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^That is why I was disappointed. I was expecting something deep and meaningful, but I got a book about believing in god. I don't believe in god, and I never have. Not that aspects of the book were not meaningful or enjoyable to me, allegorically, and I certainly appreciated the technical aspects and worth as a piece of literature -- but I don't find any worth in faith.
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Old November 30 2012, 10:50 PM   #48
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I am an atheist but I no problem with the novel explaining why Pi believed what he did.
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Old November 30 2012, 10:52 PM   #49
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^Oh, I had no problem with it. It is just that it was not the experience I expected -- hence disappointment.
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Old November 30 2012, 11:36 PM   #50
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I didn't know much about the book before I read it as I selected it out of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die so I didn't know what to expect, in the end I was pleasantly surprise by how much I enjoyed the novel.
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Old November 30 2012, 11:40 PM   #51
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What's clear is that the Old Testament God was wrathful and vindictive, while the one Jesus tells us about in the New Testament is more like a loving father figure.
The most fascinating interpretation of that is that God never fully understood his own creations until he actually became human and underwent the whole cycle of birth, life and death (and a very painful death at that). Ever since then, he has never bothered us humans again.



But the real life answer is that Jesus and his followers simply had a different understanding of their frumpy religion that had always been based on aggression and fear.
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