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Life of Pi

August 26, 2013

Yann Martel’s imaginative fantasy adventure novel – Life of Pi offers a magical reading experience.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
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Yann Martel’s imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting “religions the way a dog attracts fleas.”

Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

‘Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy’ — The Times

‘A terrific book… fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore’ — Margaret Atwood Sunday Times

‘A unique and original story, brilliantly told’ — Guardian

‘Full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality’ — Daily Telegraph

‘Ultimately uplifting’ — Daily Mail

‘Extraordinary… Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life’ — New York Times Book Review

‘Martel’s engaging characterization and vivid description enliven and enrich this dreamy, fantastic tale’ — The Times

‘Its appeal has endured, with a worldwide ‘readalong’ of the book next month and a moniker as a ‘modern classic’ to boot. The moniker, in this instance, is utterly deserved … Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naive, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz’ — Arifa Akbar Independent.

About the Author
Yann Martel is a Canadian author who won 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi. His other works include Beatrice and Virgil (2010) and Self (1996).

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