It’s the First Friday in February! New month, new book!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel immediately grabs your interest as an author writes about his journey to find his next story. In India, he encounters a man that has a story that will make you believe in God. The author’s internal contradiction of skepticism and curiosity allow him to have a conversation with the man where he eventually learns the story of Piscine Molitor Patel.
Martel’s writing is intoxicating. The cleverness in his prose and overall narrative are a real delight. The descriptive details paint a picture of such clarity and enjoyment. He quickly transitions the story to the perspective of our protagonist who eventually decides to go by Pi to bring the teasing of his name to an end. As we learn about Pi, including the origin of his name, it quickly becomes apparent why the story of his life is worth experiencing.
Eastern Hills Park is a pocket neighborhood park established in 1981 with three acres. The park neighbors Eastern Hills High School and Eastern Hills Elementary School with access to playgrounds and the campus areas for sports activities. This park of trees provides a majestic view with the bare branches in the winter. In spring and summer, one can imagine the ample shade the park’s trees offer. While the sun travels below the horizon and shines through the myriad of trees, songbirds are heard as you enjoy a captivating book.
Pi is a spring of inspiration. Early in the book when he describes his philosophy about life we get a glimpse of the immense determination Pi is gifted with.
Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.
This optimistic and inspiring description of life that Pi provides is only one of several instances where we the reader are infused with a motivation to hope. The struggles of living are a genuine reality, and it is easy to be knocked down, thrown off course, and to lose sight of our purpose. Ultimately life is about living, breathing, loving, and more. Life is so powerful that it has the power to overcome our pain (emotional and physical) and disappointments. Let us live life with a purposeful vigor that shakes the very confidence of death itself.
Enjoy your reading Fort Worth and become inspired!