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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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Life of Pi (2001)

by Yann Martel

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Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.… (more)
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Wonderful, surprising story that held me through to the end. I can understand why this was made into a movie--lush visuals, powerful conflict and the human struggle all wrapped into one. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Sep 19, 2019 |
I enjoyed talking about this book with my book group, but I still admire it more than I like it.

I would love to read an essay comparing and contrasting this boy and his tiger to Calvin & Hobbes. When and how does Hobbes seem like a tiger? When and how does Richard Parker seem like a friend? How does the reader decide which narrative is the truth?
  boxofdelights | Sep 15, 2019 |
Strange book. Interesting book. A book what stays with you. Someone rightly said it`s a spiritual robinsonade with animals. Or not. Because sometimes not the truth what matters but the story itself. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Aug 31, 2019 |
After the sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains in the Pacific Ocean holding a 16 year old Indian boy, an orangutan, an injured zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. Who and how will they survive? Brilliant writing. Amazing story about different religions, faith and endurance. Fascinating symbolism. ( )
  AccyP | Aug 18, 2019 |
Enjoyable read until...

Disappointed he ripped off Max and The Cats. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martel, Yannprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adam, VikasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allié, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baardman, GerdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bridge, AndyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castanyo, EduardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engen, BodilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempf-Allié, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marshall, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedication
à mes parents et à mon frère
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My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
This book was born as I was hungry. (Author's Note)
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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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This is the book. Please do not combine with the film.
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After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger.
-Amazon
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Boat on the ocean
Was there really a tiger?
We will never know.
(mamajoan)

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