- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 456 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 30mm | 540g
- Publication date: 13 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0739377957
- ISBN 13: 9780739377956
- Edition: Large type / large print
- Edition statement: large type edition
- Sales rank: 315,421
"The Jungle Book "meets "Not Wanted On the Voyage" in a triumph of storytelling and originality: a novel, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God. Piscine Molitor Patel, nicknamed Pi, lives in Pondicherry, India, where his family runs a zoo. Little Pi is a great reader. He devours books on Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, and to the surprise of his secular parents, becomes devoted to all three religions. When the parents decide to emigrate to Canada, the family boards a cargo ship with many of the animals that are going to new zoological homes in North America, and bravely sets sail for the New World. Alas, the ship sinks. A solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the surface of the wild blue Pacific. In it are five survivors: Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. With intelligence, daring and inexpressible fear, Pi manages to keep his wits about him as the animals begin to assert their places in the foodchain; it is the tiger, Richard Parker, with whom he must develop an inviolable understanding. Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" is a transformative novel: a book to delight in, to talk about and treasure. It will convince the most jaded among us - and remind the rest - that something grander is afoot in our lives than we may have realized. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Life of Pi," which was translated into thirty-eight languages and spent fifty-seven weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. "From the Hardcover edition."
"Yann Martel's "Life of Pi (Canongate) is another reminder of the largely unsung excellence of the Canongate list. The fiercely independent Scottish outfit remains an outpost of rare quality and distinction, and this exceptional understated novel is certainly a worthy addition to its output.... It would not be out of place on a Booker shortlist." -- From "The Bookseller "In the end, "Life of Pi may not, as its teller promises, persuade readers to believe in God, but it makes a fine argument for the divinity of good art." -- Noel Rieder, "The Gazette (Montreal) "Martel's latest literary offering, "Life of Pi, is an exquisitely crafted tale that could be described as a castaway adventure story cum allegory." -- "The Gazette (Montreal) ""Life of Pi...is about many things -- religion, zoology, fear -- but most of all, it's about sheer tenacity. Martel has created a funny, wise and highliy original look at what it means to be human." -- "Chatelaine "In many ways," Life of Pi is a good old-fashioned boy's book full of survival, cannibalism, horror, math and zoology. An impressive marriage of "The Jungle Book with "Lord of the Flies, it's the harrowing coming of age tale of a boy who survives for over a year in a lifeboat with a zebra, an organgutan, an hyena and a Bengal tiger." -- "The Montreal Mirror "A good story can make you see, understand and believe, and Martel is a very good storyteller. Martel displays an impresive knowledge of language, history, religion and literature, and his writing is filled with details and insights." -- "The Canadian Press "["Life of Pi] has a buoyant, exotic, insistence reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's most Gothic fiction...Odditiesabound and the storytelling is first-rate. Yann Martel has written a novel full of grisly reality, outlandish plot, inventive setting and thought-provoking questions about the value and purpose of fiction. This novel should float." -- "The Edmonton Journal "I guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down. It is a realistic, gripping story of survival at sea. On one level, the book is a suspenseful adventure story, a demonstration of how extreme need alters a man's character.... On another level, this is a profound meditation on the role of religion in human life and the nature of animals, wild and human. His language...is vivid and striking. His imagination if powerful, his range enormous, his capacity for persuasion almost limitless. I predict that Yann Martel will develop into one of Canada's great writers." -- "The Hamilton Spectator "[M]artel's writing is so original you might think he wants you to read as if, like a perfect snowflake, no other book had ever had this form.... In Pi one gleans that faith -- one of the most ephemeral emotions, yet crucial whenever life is one the line -- is rooted in the will to live. In any event, when Pi does come to the end of his journey, he has it." -- "National Post "[A]stounding and beautiful...The book is a pleasure not only for the subtleties of its philosophy but also for its ingenious and surprising story. Martel is a confident, heartfelt artist, and his imagination is cared for in a writing style that is both unmistakable and marvelously reserved. The ending of "Life of Pi...is a show of such sophisticated genius that I could scarcely keep my eyes in my head as I read it." -- "The Vancouver Sun "A fabulous rompthrough an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement -- "a story that will make you believe in God," as one character says.... This richly patterned work, Martel's second novel, won Canada's 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction . In it, Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master. FYI: Booksellers would be wise to advise readers to browse through Martel's introductory note. His captivating honesty about the genesis of his story is almost worth the price of the book itself." -- "Publisher's Weekly "From the Hardcover edition.