Life of Pi: A Novel

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Harcourt, 2001 - Fiction - 326 pages
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The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?

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Excellent writing, amazing visualization. - LibraryThing
The ending of the novel is frustrating in its own way. - LibraryThing
Such an odd premise for a book, but such great writing! - LibraryThing
Has an ending that will knock your socks off! - LibraryThing
Thought-provoking and educational. - LibraryThing
I loved the imagery - I loved the symbolism. - LibraryThing

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For all the hype this book received, I was left feeling a little underwhelmed. I didn't particularly care about anything that happened in the book. Perhaps I'll put it up for a re-read and see whether my thoughts change, but for now my thoughts are "meh". Read full review

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I think this is one of those books I will like more and more after the fact. Even now, four days after reading it, I am still mulling over the thing. Read full review

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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. Life of Pi won the 2002 Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it spent eighty-seven weeks on the list and was adapted to the screen by Ang Lee. He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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