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Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel shares his insights when relaying the story of his adventure. It’s worth giving some thought to his words, as they are really quite profound:

“No one has seen that floating island since. And you won’t read about those trees in any nature book. And yet, if I hadn’t found those shores, I would have died. And if I hadn’t discovered that tooth, I would have been lost…alone forever. Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, He was watching. Even when He seemed indifferent to my suffering, He was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, He gave me rest. And he gave me a sign to continue my journey.”

“Richard Parker, my fierce companion, the terrible one who kept me alive – disappeared forever from my life. I was weeping because Richard Parker left me so unceremoniously. It broke my heart. My father was right – after all we had been through, he didn’t even look back. But I have to believe there was more in his eyes than my own reflections staring back at me. I know it, I felt it, even if I can’t prove it.

I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most, is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”