Life of Pi

Life of Pi

by YannMartel (Author)


Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, an astonishing work of imagination that will delight and stun 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. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wide, wild Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, one zebra (with broken leg), an orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy. As the 'crew' begin to assert their natural places in the food chain, Pi's fear mounts, and he must use all his wit and daring to develop an understanding with Richard the tiger. Life of Pi takes the reader on an extraordinary journey - geographical, spiritual and emotional. A rare thing, here is a novel that will change your view of the world.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publisher: Canongate Books, Edinburgh
Published: 09 May 2002

ISBN 10: 1841952451
ISBN 13: 9781841952451
Prizes: Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 2002 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002. Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003.

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A solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. In it are: a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orang-utan, a Bengal Tiger and Pi - a teenage boy. A triumph of storytelling Life of Pi will make you believe in God.
Author Bio
Yann Martel is the author of a short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and of four novels, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, Life of Pi (for which he was awarded the 2002 Man Booker Prize), and his latest, The High Mountains of Portugal. Life of Pi was adapted for the silver screen by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars. Martel also ran a guerilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former prime minister of Canada a book every two weeks for four years. The letters that accompanied the books were published as 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Martel lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers, and their four children.