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 book will keep you afloat for hours on its hidden meanings, which are from start to finish. Whenever you feel you known Pi Patel, you realise he is more than three and some numbers.
When the human will is stretched to its furthest reaches, what can a young boy accomplish against such adversity?
Listen, and enjoy the ride.
A fun book that gets pretty wierd towards the end that takes away from the fairly entertaining story.
Ok, the bigging while in India was kinda boring. I thought I couldn't make it through the book. Once the journey begins, it is totally compelling! I found myself driving slower, taking long routes home, just to keep listening. If I were to change anything, I would ditch the beginning and include information about Pi's present life.
Utterly boring, amateurish writing with no sophistication, no subtlety... nothing but useless crap! how disgusted I am... just 1 hr left (I hope)...
looks artificially stretched.. utterly superficial at times.. kiddish content! how can all u people read it! are all popular books like thiS?
Ok.. Life of Pi.. Indian book, I should have known.. However.. had I known it was an Indian accent as the narrator, I would not have purchased this book. And, had I known in time that I could have returned it, I certainly would have. If I wanted to listen to an Indian accent, I would have called dell. There's nothing wrong with an Indian accent, and I'm sure some people will like it as it probably adds authenticity to the book, I however found it very distracting.
I honestly couldn't not listen to it long enough to find any.. Someday I would like to read the book as I have heard that it is good.. Although now, Ill probably be reading it in my head with an Indian accent.. and ruin it again.
I rarely if ever stop reading a book. I gave up on the Life of Pi because of Martel's condescending, know-it-all writing style. I like a smart writer and a smart protagonist, but I do tire when they both tell me how brilliant they are. Groan.
This book got such rave reviews that I couldn't wait to listen to it. What a disappointment! I turned it off after about 4-5 hours and never did finish it. Maybe it got better as time went on, but I like a book that keeps my interest from the very beginning and one that keeps me "turning the page". This was not that type of book (for me anyway). I was very disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book.
Too bad. I was engaged throughout most of the book; personal relationships, science, zoology, religious philosophy; east indian culture, etc. The story, fortunately or unfortunately (I'm not sure which) became more and more fantastic and then from the point of the island experience through the twist in storylines at the end I felt cheated and even used. I can appreciate a good unexpected storyline but it felt rather disingenuos of the writer and didn't really fit with any of the rest of the book. This along with the fact that the writer was not consistent with Pi's philosophical and other views throughout (e.g., the comment about how horrible Japanese whale fishing is juxtaposed against his own and the Tiger's carnivorous ways) was disappointing. I got something from it and will not de-recommend. Nuff said.
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