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)
Beautifully written. Imagery and wordplay is delightful. I agree that it starts slow, but also agree that it ends magically. The audio is very well presented and adds to the enchantment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration! I couldn't believe how quickly my commutes went! Just a wonderful story!
This is an ok book. It takes about 10 hours to get into it. The reader does an excellent job with the accents. Extremely good job. The end of the story is great. There were several times when thought about turning off the Otis because the storyline was, in my opinion, without action considering the circumstances
This is an incredible book. I really havent become this engaged in an audio in a long time, and I've actually been avoiding this title for a while. I was very pleasantly surpised. The narration was perfect, and the character development made me feel like I knew Piscene "Pi" Patel personally. I look forward to other books by this author and will look for other books by this narrator.
The first half of this book was good, but not riviting. However after reaching the half way point, the story took off and I couldn't put it down. I have never read a storyline like this - what a welcome change. I still ponder the ending. Definately a recommendation for my friends.
I don't usually bother to rate these things, but this is deserving stuff. This the best book I have read/listened to in a long time, and it has really stuck with me. I literally think about it every day. And the book club my wife and I are in, which does not agree on much, all found this book absorbing and conversation provoking. The story is mesmerizing and original. It tugs at the subconcious. The writing is excellent and nice to hear read. Don't read any more reviews that might give part of the story away. Just buy and listen to it--the wholw thing. I think you will more than like it. You will be rewarded. Thanks for reading this review.
I am through two-thirds of this book and while it is not a total snoozer, it is very slow moving. Unless there is a spectacular ending, it seems to me that this book is highly overrated! It is not an audiobook that makes you not want to turn it off.
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