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)
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the intelligence and the wit. The narrators gave it that added authenticity. Unlike some, I like an unabridged, I feel like I am getting my money's worth. I wouldn't have missed a word of this one.
This was quite a fanciful journey! I really loved this book. It starts out with some interesting philosophical points of view by the title character, then, it switches into high gear on the high seas and I couldn't stop listening (30 minutes in the driveway everyday!). I would have given this five stars but for a couple of hokey scenes that the book would've been better without near the end, but they didn't detract enough to keep this from being one of my favorite books of the last few years. Edge of your seat story telling.
Really enjoyed the book and enjoyed the narrator. I'd recommend it. However, the book is loooooong. If they could make an abridged version of this it would be a close to a 5 star for me. Great story but you have to get through first 1/3 of the book before the story got my real attention.
I had been reading some survival stories and this was a real surprise; just disappointed to find that it was fiction instead of real. It is very well written, descriptions almost artistic, and will hold your attention as unexpecteds develop after realistic impossibilities.
A story unlike any other. The survival struggles of a spiratually oriented, inventive, strong-willed teen-age boy in a lifeboat--in a situation truly more bizarre than can be imagined.
Beautifully written from the boy's point-of-view. Contains lessons for us all in the nature of the human spirit, and perhaps the very nature of God as well.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The narrator really helps make the story come alive. The story can be appreciated on so many different levels. You never know what is going to happen next.
This story starts incredibly slowly. The narrator attempts an incredibly annoying Indian accent. I don't know that I'll be able to get all the way through it. Make sure you preview it before you buy it!
This a wondeful story, perfectly narrated. If you love learning new perspectives on religion, aninmals and the essence of humans, then this book will not disappoint, but delight. Please read and enjoy, as I did.
This fascinating piece of fiction combines the depth and symbolism of "Moby Dick", the wisdom and painstaiking detail of "Robinson Crusoe", the wit of Jonathan Swift with a thoroughly contemporary flavor and a plethora of vivid contrasts. I enjoyed it immensely.
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