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Life of Pi : a novel

Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fictional Work
Belletristische Darstellung
Adventure fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse
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Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yann Martel
ISBN: 0151008116 9780151008117 0156027321 9780156027328 0156030209 9780156030205 9780151013838 9780547848419 0547848412 0151013837 1841952451 9781841952451 0544103750 9780544103757 9781847676016 184195392X 9781841953922 1847676014 9780857865533 0857865536 9780857865540 0857865544
OCLC Number: 47893052
Awards: Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2002.
Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Honor, 2002
Description: xii, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "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." --
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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 Read more...

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Our July book of the month

by JoyceAtWork (WorldCat user published 2012-09-19) Very Good Permalink

A novel that sweeps you away! I loved this story by Mr. Martel. Years after it was written, I convinced our book club to read and share one of my all-time favorites.

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by Greenbean (WorldCat user published 2010-02-09) Excellent Permalink

Literary sensation. Every one w/ a good mind should read this book. Very high vocbulary. Not recommended for children under 13. Content: Implying of canniballism, vicious beasts,course language.

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life is like a well--deep

by dacase (WorldCat user published 2011-02-10) Good Permalink

I'm sorry, but I had to force myself to finish reading Life of Pi despite several strong recommendations given my interest in animal behavior.  It was written in a juvenile style that is appropriate to the thesis of the novel, but off-putting to me given my preference for adult literature. ...
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