Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2002
Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story, so he tells a second one - more conventional, less fantastic. But is it more true?
A realistic, rousing adventure and meta-tale of survival, Life of Pi explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character claims, to "make you believe in God".
©2001 Yann Martell (P)2002 HighBridge Company
"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender." (The Nation)
"You've read it, right? No? Oh, God, hurry up. Life of Pi is wonderful." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)
Not since "One Hundred Years of Solitude" has a story captured my heart, mind, and imagination. Beautifully written, hysterical, touching, moving,educational. Life at it's worst the soul at it's best.
I listened to this audio book on my commute to work, the smile on my face, the wonder in my eye, my laughter escaping to the suprise of my travel companions. Loved it Loved it Loved it. A MUST LISTEN
It's a fun story to read, very insightful as well, esp. Pi's idea of zoo and of religion. However, I was not completely satisfied with the ending of the book, Part III was somewhat long and felt out of place...it wasn't very strong...but so close to perfection...so close
The narrator and the story are both excellent and make you want to spend every minute listening. The story is refreshing and a wonderful choice for any listener.
This book starts off slowly but picks up in the middle and end. The end leaves you scratching your head and dying to know what the author had in mind when writing the story. The narrator does a wonderful job reading this book. Definitely worth listening to.
"Life of Pi" is one of the most unique books I have come in contact with. It is hard to assign the book to any discrete genre with it's delightful mix of fantasy, sociology, religious references, and bildungsroman structure.
Upon first approaching the book, I was somewhat skeptical. Most books featuring animals as significant characters usually fail to interest a broad audience of adults. Life of Pi does this without a hitch. Martel has done a magnificent job of creating a compelling (though sometimes annoying: if Pi has any flaw as a fictional character, it is that his religious diversity seeks to make him too universal and inherently nice as to make him nearly unbelievable) character and journey.
Kudos should also be given to the reader of this production. His voice creates the appropriate atmosphere and brings Pi's character to life, further endearing readers to his personality and journey.
Life of Pi is a book that needs to be approached with no expectations and on its own terms. If you allow Martel to work his magic, and give Pi a chance to grow on you, then his journey across the sea is one that you will look back upon as enjoyable and inspiring.
It's an electric listen. Well-read, superbly well-written. It will keep you wondering and cringing and imagining yourself in the character's shoes. This transportive book also asks some deeper questions about beliefs that even an athiest like me could appreciate. The book stays with you for a long time, especially its imagery. Buy it and listen without hesitation!
I am an absolute fan of this book - it seemlessly combines metaphysics and the best of adventure writing. On a deeper level, it is a rich allegory on the human condition. Plus, it is at times very funny!
The detail about India, sloths, zoos, and Bengal tigers is quite astonishing. I didn't know anything about the book or the story line when I began, and it was much different than I expected. It really leaves you guessing at the end, which is always fun.
I usually go for the more "exciting" books, but thought I'd try this one. Even after buying it, it took a few months to get around to listening to it. But I have to say it was the most engaging book I've read or listened to in a long time, maybe ever. And the story was performed perfectly by the narrator. I like everything about it!
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