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Life of Pi

A Novel
Martel, Yann (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. 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 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? Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God. Publisher Fact Sheet. A fabulist novel that combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.
Authors: Martel, Yann
Statement of Responsibility: Yann Martel
Title: Life of Pi
a novel
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2003, c2001
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: xii, 326 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "A Harvest book."
Includes reading group guide (p.323-326)
Summary: Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. 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 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? Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God. Publisher Fact Sheet. A fabulist novel that combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.
Awards & Distinctions: Man Booker Prize, 2002
Boeke Prize, 2003
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction, 2001-2003
Subject Headings: Survival at sea Fiction Human-animal relationships Fiction Pacific Ocean Fiction Storytelling Fiction Teenage boys Fiction Ocean travel Fiction Zoo animals Fiction Orphans Fiction Tiger Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Adventure fiction
Topical Term: Survival at sea
Human-animal relationships
Storytelling
Teenage boys
Ocean travel
Zoo animals
Orphans
Tiger
LCCN: 2001039737
ISBN: 0156027321
9780156027328
Branch Call Number: FIC M
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I can't rate this book because I haven't read it though I have watched the movie. If you are an animal lover like me than I suggest that you don't watch the movie. I cried my eyes out and I haven't watched it since. He explains the story as everyone is animals but reality was that they were people. When I figured that out I cried even harder. Never watched the movie since and I refuse to read the book.

Aug 05, 2014
  • BookluvrShPk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While the book is very slow to get started (due to the back story being set up), and is quite thought provoking/deep, wait! It becomes truly a wonderful tale!

May 10, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lots and lots of different opinions on the book. Many ways to look at this novel. Yes it has a very slow beginning but its totally worth the wait. A book of perspective, endurance, and courage.
Three thumbs up.

Mar 28, 2014
  • milathemain rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

We read this book in school, and the first day we started reading it my brain started to crumble apart. It was terrible, first he talks about his university life and what he majors in, then he talks about three toed sloths, then he does a huge debate about zoos.

Tip: If you started reading it put it back down, if you didn't start reading don't pick it up.

I was curious from the cover for a few years, likely at the time too young for it. But when I was given a copy by a friend, I finally got to see how great of a book it is. I was sad at some things left out of the book in the flim, but I can imagine maybe it was too tough to get right, and may have used too much time. I think if people want to read a book that is thought provoking or is based on philosophy, they need to be more open to subjects like religion and spirituality---you get what you put into when reading these types of books. For sure, I am looking forward to reading his next book.

Mar 16, 2014
  • PersephoneC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved the beginning of this book, but got stalled at the part about religions. Glad I made it through to the end.

Life of pi is a truly inspiring book about a boy who finds himself stranded in the middle of the Pacific after the boat taking him and his family to Canada, sinks. The first bit of the book describes Pi's life leading up to this tragic event, in full detail, with many (and also random) facts about animals, people, religion and just life in general. Later when Pi finds himself in the middle of the Pacific, stranded, alone, on a lifeboat. He starts to discover a whole side of himself that he never even knew existed and he slowly starts to lose his former way of life. Although, he is not truly alone. He must suffer this unbearable journey in the company of dangerous, deadly and demanding, male Bengal tiger.I recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration or who loves a powerful moving story. I also recommend watching the movie, which is amazing and will keep your attention all the way through.

I started this book on a flight from Toronto to Edmonton. I spent my vacation pretending to be tired early so that I could go to bed and read every night.

Jan 20, 2014
  • rationallady rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read a fourth of the book and then abandoned it. Now I'll try the movie.

Nov 20, 2013
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie at least once before reading this book. There is more in the book than in the film including some details that might have hampered the film, if they had been included. A book worth reading as the film was worth seeing.

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Jan 30, 2013
  • BieberFever108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pi Patel grew up in India swimming and hanging out in his family owned Zoo. He practices Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, after visiting a church, Mosque, and a Hindu Temple on a vacation. When he was 16 his family and him left for Canada on a Japanese Cargo ship but never reached their destination, due to a storm causing the ship to sink. Pi's family died but Pi survived leaving him alone... Yet he wasn't the only one to survive, a 450 pound tiger named Richard Parker survived also along with a Hyena, a wounded Zebra, and an Orangutan. Pi Patel was on a small lifeboat stranded in the middle of the ocean with 4 wild animals. The Hyena eats the Zebra alive and then also kills the orangutan. The Tiger Richard Parker then killed the Hyena. Now Pi was just alone with a grown tiger. Pi and this Tiger survived 227 days stranded in the middle of the ocean until he reached Mexico. Richard Parker walked away into the jungle in Mexico never to be seen again by Pi. After Japanese authorities hear of a Japanese Cargo Ship sinking and one lone survivor they drive down to meet Pi, to get answers out of him. He tells his story, but the Japanese do not believe it and ask him to tell the true story, he then tells of another gruesome version of the story with humans in the place of the animals. Not knowing which story was the true one the Japanese leave and Pi spends the rest of his life in Canada.

Dec 19, 2012
  • The_Light_Particle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young Indian and his parents cast off to move to Canada when an unexpected storm happens that killed his family.Now all he has is a simple lifeboat and a adult male tiger and has to adapt to it if he wants to survive...

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Mar 16, 2014
  • PersephoneC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"... animals don't escape to somewhere but from some something. Something within their territory has frightened them-the intrusion of an enemy, the assault of a dominant animal, a startling noise- and set off a flight reaction."

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.”
― Yan Martel

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