Life of Pi

Life of Pi

by YannMartel (Author)


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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Edition: New Edition
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Published: 17 May 2003

ISBN 10: 184195392X
ISBN 13: 9781841953922
Book Overview: Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for fiction
Prizes: Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002. Shortlisted for Coventry Inspiration Book Awards: Scene It, Read It Category 2013 and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003.

Media Reviews
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 * * * *
Author Bio
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.