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)
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.
Pi Patel is the kind of guy you'd like to have as a friend. Perfect blend of humor, intelligence, reason and spirituality. 11+ hours goes fast, and the listener is left with a lot to ponder. Some parts are very funny, some sad.
This is a very enjoyable book. One of my favorite books is "Crime and Punishment". If you like that level of detail, this book is for you. I have been trying without success to locate information on the algae island in the Pacific. Can anyone help?
To begin with, the story is fantastic. Many people who have read the actual book concur. In addition, the narrator does such a good job, you believe that you are there in the story.
The success of an audiobook depends upon both the writing and the narration. Both are excellent in this production. The narrator interprets this wonderful story skillfully. He brings Pi alive and transports us into his world so that I was lured into believing the unbelievable.
A fabulously told tale that will have you believing it actually happened by the time you finish it.
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