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Life of Pi : a novel

Author: Yann Martel; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : Alexandria Library, 2008-
Series: Book clubs to go.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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$AThe son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yann Martel; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
ISBN: 9780151008117 0151008116 9780156027328 0156027321
OCLC Number: 268677549
Notes: Discussion guide contains tips for starting a book club, review(s), author biography, discussion questions and a list of available titles.
For use by: Book discussion groups in Alexandria City libraries.
Description: 1 tote bag + 1 resource guide; 8-10 books.
Contents: Introduction --
Tips for starting a book club --
About the author --
Discussion questions --
Review(s) --
Available titles.
Series Title: Book clubs to go.
Other Titles: Book clubs to go: Life of Pi
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$AThe 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. A fabulist novel that combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.

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