Life of Pi

Life of Pi : A Novel

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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.The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years. 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 triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God.

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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 220g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 184195392X
  • 9781841953922
  • 3,367

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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 * *

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About Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain but currently lives in Montreal. He is the hugely acclaimed author of Self, a novel, and of the story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Yann's delight of a novel, Life of Pi, is his third book and was the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2002.

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Very beautiful story about a boy who likes to learn and do as much as he can. A story filled with lots of humor. Pi does alot and loves to believe, and for him he doesn't see any problems between a religion, he just loves god. And it is this love for god that will help him and guide him when he is alone on the lifeboat with the tiger. The only downside of the book is maybe that sometimes it gives a bit to much descriptions but at the end it doesn't bother much anymore cause you just want to keep on reading and find out what is going to happen! Great and touching book!show more
by Inne Van Houdt
"Truly, one of the most beautifully descriptive book I have read. Description of belief, food, love and the very life it self takes you to the wonderful world and mind of Pi Patel. Martel's eye to details of life's colour and movements mesmerized me. The things we all feel, was placed eloquently and wonderously by the great Yann Martel. This book would truly revitalise one's mind and one's thirst for longing and looking for more beauty in life just as Pi has done during such an ordeal. The greatest and the most funniest part for me was when Pi visits one religion after another, later adoptng all three Islam, Hinduism and Christiany. And the beauty of all the beliefs helped him shape his journey. If you are to read one book, make it this, though it can get a bit too descriptive but by no means its tidious. Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!"show more
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