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.
I bought this book because of a recommendation from a friend and based on its awards. I found it very disappointing. In fact, I didn't finish it. I found the zoological aspects interesting, albeit simple, but did not expect to find such a strong religious side. Might be great for some, but not my cup of tea.
I found the narration of this book intensely irritating, with a cod-Indian accent that never sounded natural. The story was extremely slow, with a tediously long set-up. I nearly gave up early on but the middle section held my attention just enough to keep me going - although when I got to the final twist, I was disappointed and wished I hadn't bothered. How on earth did this tiresome book win the Man Booker Prize?
I really didn't know what to expect from this one, but it was definitely worth the listen. I didn't realise it was meant to be an allegory. I was taking it as a straightforward adventure story - a far-fetched one, but Pi's exploits remained JUST within the bounds of possibility - until the algae island, and the incident with the French sailor. That's when it all got a bit weird, and I have to say, less enjoyable, as I couldn't work out what on earth was supposed to be going on. It was good to find a writer with such original ideas - this was like nothing else! However, I'm afraid I still haven't got the allegory.....is the tiger meant to represent God?
Right from the start I found this book charming and intruiging. Both the charm and intrigue were sustained until the very last page. The narrator was superb with an authentic and clear accent. A lovely, quirky book which I would very highly recommend.
"A wonderful journey"
This is truly one of the finest audio books I have listened to, both in terms of story-telling and high quality narration. The first half concerns Pi Patel's upbringing in India, where his father runs a zoo. Pi experiments with religion: Christianity, Islam and his original Hindu faith. When his parents decide to sell up and move to Canada, some of the animals end up on the same ship as Pi and his family. When the ship sinks, Pi ends up in the lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a huge Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. I enjoyed every minute of the story, and this will be one book that I return to: I will definitely listen to it again one day.
"Bored and disappointed"
I was extremely disappointed by this book, I have been told to avoid Booker prise winners and now I know why. Martel takes the reader on a laboriously slow and tedious journey through the Pi's childhood in the build up to the main storey which doesn't start until chapter 37 and then plods along with much unnecessary detail and little to keep the reader interested. The central character is so irritating that I found myself shouting out for the Tiger to eat him. However this is a storey of survival to which you already know the outcome as the storey is told in the first person so I could even relish in the prospect of his dimise. I was delighted when the book appeared to be was reaching it's conclusion only to find it was like a slow death with excruciating pain at the end.
The narrator's voice was SO iriatating i couldn't get into the story at all. Listen to the preview first.
I didn't really know if I was enjoying this book or not at first. Even to the end when my world was rocked.. But seeing as it gave me so much to think about I guess I did indeed end up enjoying, if not loving it.
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As the current scholar-in-residence we are all eagerly awaiting A 20th Century Shirt which promises - in early 2009 - to give us the Holocause told between a monkey and a donkey on a man?s dress shirt. If that bothers you, then you?d best dip into the Tale of Pi Patel where Yann Martel makes a pitch for the role of ?sop, for the twenty first century. We also wait for Martel-mania with the film due next year.
Is there real value and meaning here??.only time will tell?on this showing the thin crust of profundity could be revealed to be a banal fast food crust of American pie profanity. And then, Richard Parker, the joke's on us.
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