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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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The Life of Pi Book Meme

One of my regular stops in the blogosphere is artist Beatriz Macia's blog Suitcase Contents. She is a Colombiana, living in Italy who is a phenomenal cook, artist and writer. I so enjoy reading about her adventures in cooking with her son called La Cucina de Nicola. But this week Beatriz introduced those of us who do not know, to what a meme is and she tagged me to do a book meme!!!

Now the rules of a book meme are as follows:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.


So my favorite book for the past four years is the Life of Pi, which is always by my night-stand (along with a stack of other books). As a passionate animal lover this book played an intensely powerful role in my spiritual awakening. I have found the best way to surmise my spiritual feelings is that I see the face of God in animals and in nature. In fact, I feel dark when I kill insects unnecessarily and I have...but I digress. This book is about a young Indian boy, named Pi Patel who is a zoo owners' son and his journey through survival.

Here is the meme for my paperback copy since - depending on what copy of the book you have you will get different results.

"He was too far. But the sight of the lifebuoy flying his way gave him hope. He revived and started beating the water with vigorous, desperate strokes."

I found this amazing interactive (you can play with your keyboard) computer animated promo for the book at Hoss Gifford, Life of Pi Interactive Promo, that I HIGHLY recommend to my readers!!!

In addition, there are tons (not so good) Youtube video dramatizations and animations based on the book, but I rather enjoyed this one, (though the music gets a bit loud...) that I embedded here:

I also found this incredible image through my travels on the Blogosphere at a site called Worth1000 which to my understanding hosts Photoshop contests. If you click on the link you'll have to scroll down to see the Life of Pi image, that I'm writing about here, but you'll also see in on the top header. Thanks form a tip from fellow blogger Paisley, Worth 1000 doesn't like anyone to use their images without permission (even with credit and a link back- which as an artist I guess I understand). Which is why you don't see the image I am talking about here. The only info that I could find about the artist was the name melian1224. This image is amazing and is worth you clicking and looking for!! This is the artist's quote:

"After the sinking of a cargo ship, a single solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the surface of the wild, blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, and orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger, and Pi Patel, a young Indian boy. This is one of my favorite books, one which I just had to bring to life, I hope I have done it justice!"

I hope you guys have enjoyed this book meme! Stay tuned for my next post which is a Inspiring Artist post on artist Phil Young. I haven't done an Inspiring artist post in a while so I'm looking forward to it as I hope you all are too!! In addition I had some interest in the Giveaway idea so I may do the first one in June...so stay tuned!!!

Reader Comments (6)

What goes around, comes around. Thank you for doing the meme, "Life of Pi" is one of my favorite books too. I still think about it from time to time, as I take it as a metaphor, a work of fiction, and sometimes I think it all happened... It really plays with your mind, doesn't it? I loved it. Come around by my place, as I have something for you ;)

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz

I love the Life of Pi and will never forget reading it simultaneously with my wife while she was an island away. The interactive promo is pretty amazing too!!!

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstain boy

very nice Am! I have never read this book! I remember years ago my eldest son recommended it to me, I had forgotten about it! I will try to pick up a copy! great post, and thanks for asking me to do the meme, I will try to get to it tomorrow. Btw.. I had always wondered how it was pronounced I thought it was Mem like in memo.. The wikepedia link was very informative thanks!

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlucy

watch out for worth,, they do not like you using their photos.. i think they want you to buy them or something... they have a caution statement on the site itself if i remember correctly...i haven't been there in quite some time,, so it is possible they realized the folly of their ways and are allowing us to use them now...

i have never read that book,, but you have whetted my appetite...

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaisley

Did your meme! thanks again!

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlucy

Hey you

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog - i'm glad you connected with the image

:-) Great work here!

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMustashrik

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