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    DescriptionWinner 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.


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    Title
    Life of Pi
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Yann Martel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544045200
    ISBN 10: 0544045203
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: ADV
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: MMP
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 813/.54
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS, CULT/SOUTHW, GEOG/NEWMEX
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC002000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PR9199.3.M3855 L54 2012B
    Edition
    Media tie-in
    Edition statement
    International ed.
    Publisher
    HMH Export ED
    Imprint name
    HMH Export ED
    Publication date
    02 October 2012
    Review quote
    Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction "Let me tell you a secret: the name of the greatest living writer of the generation born in the sixties is Yann Martel."--"L'Humanite" "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators, and in the original power of storytellers like Martel." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review "If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender.'--The Nation "Beautifully fantastical and spirited." -- Salon "Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master." --Publishers Weekly "[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 "Audacious, exhilarating . . . wonderful. The book's middle section might be the most gripping 200 pages in recent Canadian fiction. It also stands up against some of Martel's more obvious influences: Edgar Allen Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym", the novels of H. G. Wells, certain stretches of "Moby Dick"."--"Quill & Quire "