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Life of Pi (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Yann Martel

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Title:Life of Pi
Authors:Yann Martel
Info:Mariner Books (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 401 pagina's
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)

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Very nice book for encouraging detective inside yourself. ( )
  yetanotherketan | Dec 6, 2016 |
Transcendent. This book provides a better picture of a faith-filled life than any of my theology classes ever did. One of the best things I've ever read. ( )
  trwm | Oct 6, 2016 |
How sad :( ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
I listened to this book on audio and I really liked it - a lot! First, there were two narrators (or one who had an amazing talent for doing voices). Pi Patel was telling us, the readers, his story and the narrator who "played" his part was a gentleman who had an Indian accent. The other characters in the book had their own voices and accents. This type of narration made it extremely enjoyable for me to listen to because I felt like I was watching a play in my mind's eye. It was, indeed, very powerful.

The story itself, was beautifully told. I really felt as if I was in that boat with Pi and his tiger. I felt his pain and anguish every step of the way. I laughed and I cried. My one and only regret is that I did not read this book sooner.

I definitely recommend this book. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
No idea what I think of this one yet. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
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The story is engaging and the characters attractively zany. Piscine Molitor Patel (named after a family friend's favourite French swimming pool) grows up in Pondicherry, a French-speaking part of India, where his father runs the local zoo. Pi, Hindu-born, has a talent for faith and sees nothing wrong with being converted both to Islam and to Christianity. Pi and his brother understand animals intimately, but their father impresses on them the dangers of anthropomorphism: invade an animal's territory, and you will quickly find that nearly every creature is dangerous
added by dovydas | editThe Guardian, Aida Edemariam (Oct 23, 2002)
 
Granted, it may not qualify as ''a story that will make you believe in God,'' as one character describes it. But it could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life -- although sticklers for literal realism, poor souls, will find much to carp at.
 

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à mes parents et à mon frère
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My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
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The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity — it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.
Evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.
I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality.
Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food is low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured.
If you take two steps toward God, God runs toward you
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Book description
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in the Pacific, one solitary lifeboat remains, carrying a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan, a Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old Indian boy named Pi. His story is a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound listeners in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will as one character puts it, make you believe in God. (from PPL catalog record)
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Boat on the ocean
Was there really a tiger?
We will never know.
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Life of Pi is the adult book selection for 2004. Life of Pi is a daring, redemptive tale of adventure and survival where the most unusual Pi manages to survive on a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker.

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