Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can."
The quote comes from "Life of Pi" and continues..."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."
Determined to see the movie, I've decided to read the novel first.
By coincidence I received it as a Christmas present.
It's an enthralling, intelligent and evocative tale, beautifully written, rich with insight and challenging to the senses.
That's probably why it was the Man Booker Prize winner 10 years ago.
I meant to read it then. I was late getting there - but better late than never.
I've even downloaded it to my kindle so that I can read it when I'm out and about, or when stuck in the GP and consulting waiting rooms which I have been frequenting unusually often of late.
"My life is like a memento mori painting from European art, there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition. I mock this skull. I look at it and I say - You've got the wrong fellow. You may not believe in life, but I don't believe in death. Move on!"
Yann Martel has a way with words. If gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud, then this book will dispel that shadow quickly - it is uplifting, invigorating, inspiring.
Happy New Year.