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Life of Pi

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. 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 while 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
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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.
I must start off by stating that The Life of Pi isn't a tale I would normally read. Sometimes receiving a present from a friend that differs from your normal reading, can lead to a pleasant surprise. This certainly was the case with The Life of Pi. The story begins with Pi stranded on a lifeboat with a zebra, orangutan, a hyena and a tiger and follows his trials at sea, attempting to survive and his questions on religion. The writing is crisp & efficient and the words are dealt up with surprising impact. 4 stars

Mark@ The Nile

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Author
Yann Martel
Short Title
LIFE OF PI
Pages
401
Publisher
Harvest Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
0156030209
ISBN-13
9780156030205
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
FIC
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-05-31
Edition
1st
Audience Age
14-18
24 Sep, 2010
I must start off by stating that The Life of Pi isn't a tale I would normally read. Sometimes receiving a present from a friend that differs from your normal reading, can lead to a pleasant surprise. This certainly was the case with The Life of Pi. The story begins with Pi stranded on a lifeboat with a zebra, orangutan, a hyena and a tiger and follows his trials at sea, attempting to survive and his questions on religion. The writing is crisp & efficient and the words are dealt up with surprising impact. 4 stars
By Mark @ The Nile
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