Life of Pi

Life of Pi

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By (author) Yann Martel

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • ISBN 10: 0156027321
  • ISBN 13: 9780156027328
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 33,868

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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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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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PRAISE FOR "LIFE OF PI" ""Life of Pi" could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life."-- "The New York Times Book Review" "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."-- "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "" "A gripping adventure story . . . Laced with wit, spiced with terror, it's a book by an extraordinary talent."-- "St. Paul Pioneer-Press" "A terrific book . . . Fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore."-- Margaret Atwood "An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la "Kon-Tiki", and a hilarious shaggy-dog story . . .: This audacious novel manages to be all of these." -- "The New Yorker" "Readers familiar with Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and Carol Shields should learn to make room on the map of contemporary Canadian fiction for the formidable Yann Martel." -- "Chicago Tribune"

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK of 2002 Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks -- and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do? "An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la Kon-Tiki, and hilarious . . .: This audacious novel manages to be all of these." -- "The New Yorker" "Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life." -- "The New York Times Book Review" "Life of Pi is a real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny. . . . It's difficult to stop reading when the pages run out." -- "San Francisco Chronicle" Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico and Canada, and has traveled extensively on his own. After studying philosophy at university, he worked variously as a dishwasher, tree planter and security guard. Then he began to write. When he's not living somewhere else, he lives in Montreal.