Life of Pi

Life of Pi

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Winner 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. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 319 pages
  • 160.02 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Lst Us.
  • 0151008116
  • 9780151008117
  • 50,378

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"[Life of Pi] could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life." --Gary Krist"The New York Times Book Review" (07/07/2002)show more

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AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLD New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction." Los Angeles Times Book Review "Nothing short of miraculous. It's an adventure tale so filled with love for the animal kingdom that it ought to roar." Denver Post "Although the book reverberates with echoes from sources as disparate at Robinson Crusoe and Aesop's fables, the work it most strongly recalls is Ernest Hemingway's own foray into existentialist parable, The Old Man and the Sea." The New York Times Book Review "A fantastical tale." USA Today "A real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny." San Francisco Chronicle "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 "Fantastic in nearly every sense of the word, Life of Pi is a gripping adventure story, a parable about the place of human beings in the universe and a tantalizing work of metafiction . . . Laced with wit, spiced with terror, it's a book by an extraordinary talent." San Jose Mercury News "If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender." The Nation "show more

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A boy. A tiger. And the vast Pacific Ocean. This is a novel of such rare and wondrous storytelling that it may, as one character claims, make you believe in God. Can a reader ask for anything more? This is a book that has been read, treasured, and shared by millions of readers. It is a book that, since its publication just ten years ago, has been translated into forty-one languages and is sold inforty-five countries. It has been compared to Robinson Crusoe and Aesop s fables, the work of Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Joseph Conrad. It is an adventure and a survival story, a proof of life and faith, a challenge to our sense of the possible, the universal, and the miraculous. It is, in fact, a modern classic. Open these pages and slip into a wondrous world, despite being almost entirely confined to a lifeboat, wholly expands our understanding of ourselves, the world, and the joys and responsibilities of our place in it. "show more

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1,059,315 ratings
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4 36% (377,474)
3 20% (215,235)
2 7% (73,357)
1 4% (39,340)
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