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'In my experience, a castaway's worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little. Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one's life away. There was much I had to do.' After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16 year-old Indian boy. Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure. It is a timeless, thought-provoking novel that won the Man Booker Prize and became an international phenomenon.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 32mm | 358.34g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Canongate Canons
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main - Canons Imprint
  • 0857861824
  • 9780857861825
  • 91,846

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Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy * The Times * A terrific book ... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore -- Margaret Atwood * Sunday Times * A unique and original story, brilliantly told * Guardian * Full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality * Daily Telegraph * Ultimately uplifting * Daily Mail * Extraordinary...Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life * New York Times Book Review * Martel's engaging characterization and vivid description enliven and enrich this dreamy, fantastic tale * The Times * Its appeal has endured, with a worldwide 'readalong' of the book next month and a moniker as a 'modern classic' to boot. The moniker, in this instance, is utterly deserved ... Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naive, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz -- Arifa Akbar * Independent * Martel has a warm way of engaging with the reader -- Robert Burdock * RobAroundBooks.com *

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About Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he travelled and worked at odds jobs before turning to writing. In addition to Life of Pi, he is the author of the novels Self and Beatrice and Virgil, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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