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 work peaked my independent thinking mind. I was impressed with Pi's passion for loving God through every religion he encountered. What a concept! The detail and background on the nature of animals was valuable as the story unfolded. As a matter of fact, I'm sure I'll draw on this new found knowledge for years to come. This is a genius imaginative piece of work that spans cultures and generations.
The experience of listening to Life of Pi can best describe as a journey to the exotic hinterlands of the imagination. It is colorful and humorous, strange and wonderful, dark and distressing, hypnotic and surreal....
I have to trust the other reviewers who say that the book works out well in the end. I simply could not make it through the first 2 or 3 hours - and that was after several tries. If you are looking for a long drawn out philosophical monologue, you can find it in Life of Pi.
I bought this book after reading the publisher's review; expecting a Robinson-Crusoe like adventure novel. Half-way through the book I realized I had been mislead. After reading some of the other, more-favorable reviews from other customers, I have to wonder if we received the same book. Unless you want a tedious struggle with philosophical platitudes and a comparative analysis of the world's major religions, don't buy this book.
I still beleive the story is real, regardless of what the Author or anybody says, I wish it ts be real.
I though of writing an email to Audible, to tell them that they had put the book in the wrong category by mistake, it was in fiction, it was clearle non-fiction, then the fiction part of the book came, then it was clear that it was not fiction, then it ended, I decided it was real, but not to email audible.
It is a great book, really.
Really enjoyed this book and the narrator. The food-chain narrative early in Pi's journey is not for the squeamish, but hang in there, the story is delightful, fresh, and mythical.
I found the book very entertaining. The story very original and refreshingly unpredictable. I found myself wanting to listen to it again. There are not too many stories that I enjoy listening to more than once, but this is one of them.
Retired librarian, author, and dreamer.
An excellent reading of this fantastic tale. Almost unbelievable, and yet the author treads the very margin of reality. It could happen. This 20th century tale of shipwreck and survival stands close to Jonathan Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels in my opinion. Through it, we learn more about human (and animal) nature than perhaps we really want to know. I recommend it highly.
This was a nice change in what I normally listen to. I enjoyed the animal background and specificity. I thought the survival plot was excellent and truly unique to the author, it was a learning experience with many lessons to learn.
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