Forever Under Construction

With or Without the Tiger?

Posted in Literature by homeyra on March 22, 2008

Don’t miss this interview by Bill Moyers with the Canadian author Margaret AtwoodThank you Pagan Sphinx 🙂

The first half of the interview is about Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale which, in her words, is “a blueprint of the kind of thing that human beings do when they’re put under a certain sort of pressure.”

In the second half Atwood speaks of myths, human nature … At some point she illustrates the forming of our beliefs with the following storytaken from The life of Pi by Yann Martel:

“… A seaman’s yarn about getting lost in a life boat with a tiger and so on and so forth. And many strange and wonderful things happen to him until he pitches up on the shore of South America. Where upon, according to him, the tiger jumps off the boat and runs off into the woods. And he’s found starving on the shore, and he’s put in the hospital. And then these three Japanese insurance inspectors turn up to find out what happened to the boat that blew up at the beginning of the story.

Then he tells them this whole story. And they confer it among themselves and they say, “We think that maybe your story isn’t true. And that there was no tiger.” And you know he says, “Well that may be so, but tell me this, which story do you like better? The story with the tiger or the story without the tiger.” And the other men confer amongst themselves and they say, “Well actually we like the story with the tiger better.” And our narrator starts to cry and he says, “thank you.”


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  1. Tanha B To said, on March 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    با عرض سلام و تبریک عید و سال نو.
    امیدوارم حالت خوب باشه.من اتفاقی با وبت آشنا شدم.انگلیسیمم زیاد خوب نیست.ولی فکر کنم بچه ایران باشی و بتونی نظرم رو بخونی.
    فقط خواستم سلامی بکنم.
    باشد تا در آینده با یکدیگر بیشتر آشنا شویم.
    متن ادبی رو حال کردی….
    خب امیدوارم سال خوبی داشته باشی.

  2. Alibaba said, on March 23, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Did you read life of pi?
    strongly recommend

    Can not get trough by phone?????
    give me time i will try again.

  3. homeyra said, on March 24, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I haven’t read the book, but I read “about” on its wiki page.
    I am always confused with time zones. Could you send me an email and tell me what is a good time to call you from my part of the world?

  4. alibaba said, on March 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Now is good

  5. alibaba said, on March 27, 2008 at 11:53 am

    We are 8 hours behind you it is now 8 M

  6. homeyra said, on March 29, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Mission accomplished Alibaba 🙂

  7. alibaba said, on March 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    There is no challenge too great for you.

  8. homeyra said, on March 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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