film: life of pi

I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. That pain is like an axe that chops at my heart.
—  Yann Martel, Life of Pi
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I never thought a small piece of shade could bring me so much happiness. That a pile of tools, a bucket, a knife, a pencil, might become my greatest treasures. Or that knowing Richard Parker was here might ever bring me peace. In times like these, I remember that he has as little experience of the real world as I do. We were both raised in a zoo by the same master. Now we’ve been orphaned, left to face our ultimate master together. Without Richard Parker, I would have died by now. My fear of him keeps me alert. Tending to his needs gives my life purpose.

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A hunter caught him drinking from a stream when he was a cub and named him Thirsty. When Thirsty got too big the hunters sold him to our zoo, but the names got switched on the paperwork.The hunter was listed as Thirsty and the tiger was called Richard Parker. We laughed about it and the name stuck. — Life of Pi (2012) dir. Ang Lee