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Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
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Life Of Pi (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Yann Martel (Author)

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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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Title:Life Of Pi
Authors:Yann Martel (Author)
Info:Canongate Books (2003), Edition: New Edition, 319 pages
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)

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book club book, very good. by Becky ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
I don't think I can properly word the magic that this book holds, it's a lot like trying to word the magic of the movie when you first watch it. It's all very magical, it draws you in, then grips on firmly. ( )
  Yolken | Aug 5, 2022 |
I mostly liked this book especially the interesting thoughts in the first bit on religion since I'm a scattered religious person myself. Also liked the thoughts on zoos. The part in the middle was along the lines of other juvie survival stories. Love to see how it could be done. Hated the ending. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
Lots of people liked this book. I didn't. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
The first quarter is slow but once it gets going this is a rich and satisfying adventure with sufficient thrills and nasty detail to counter balance the philosophy and theology. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
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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
Nubile, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ottosson, MetaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Southwood, BiancaTranslatorsecondary 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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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.

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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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