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'm not an easy sell when it comes to fiction... but this book had me from the beginning to the end. From a slow simmer to a busty boil, momentum picks up quickly in the middle of the book.
The first half is a bit slow. But this was a wonderful book with excellent narration. A fantastic ending. I love this book and will listed again at some point.
Maybe because I am a yachting person this book was music to my ears, but I think it has a universal appeal. Great story- almost believable.
It took me a while to get into the groove of this book which seemed to be focusing on anthropology and religion with textbook solemnity. But this work soon finds its rhythm and lulls the listener with its classical storytelling. The narrator is perfect. Like with many books, I struggled with the ending a little. I felt the author explained too much and could have left more for the reader to determine for herself.
This novel is great on many levels--adventure, suspense, philosophical, cultural. Even funny at times.
The narrator is great--perfect.
It is more enjoyable to watch a sloth move across Mexico than to listen to this book. I can't believe I actually listed to it completely. I was driving in the car for a 10 hour ride. My daughters were begging me to turn it off after 4 hours of listening. The last 30 minutes was better than the rest of the book and gave it an interesting twist.
This book was not only a tale of survival but a tale of friendship and holding to God. It's just a great story to get lost in, quite an adventure. Once I got started, I couldn't stop. A must read.
This is an exciting story, full of unexpected events and adventure. It is written in a compelling way, that allows you to feel deeply the apprehesion experienced by the characters. In the end, you really want that all you have just heard was true, as you will be amazed by this very creative and original book.
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