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Life of Pi

Life of Pi


Book Overview: Life of Pi

The international bestseller and modern classic of adventure, survival, and the power of storytelling is now an award-winning play.

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan--and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi Patel, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with the tiger, 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 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.

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PublisherMariner Books Classics
Publication Date2003-05-01
EditionFirst Harvest , 2003
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Yann Martel, a widely renowned Canadian author, is recognized globally for his entrancing and imaginative storytelling. Born on June 25, 1963, in Salamanca, Spain, he spent his early years living in numerous countries, including Costa Rica, France, and Canada. Experiencing diverse cultures significantly influenced Martel’s creativity and storytelling abilities, and his literary work often explores themes of spirituality and moral insights. In the sphere of literature, Martel earned international acclaim with the publication of his second novel, "Life of Pi," in 2001. The book, an absorbing tale of survival, faith, and the human spirit, won the esteemed Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2002. It was subsequently adapted into a successful major motion picture, directed by Ang Lee in 2012, securing its place as a modern literary classic. Although "Life of Pi" is Martel’s most known work, the author has penned several other novels, including "Self," "Beatrice and Virgil," and "The High Mountains of Portugal," all of which reflect his unique writing style that seamlessly combines reality with elements of magical realism. As a gifted storyteller, Yann Martel continues to inspire readers worldwide through his innovative narrative techniques and thought-provoking themes.


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