Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.1 in
Published: June 1, 2002
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0151008116
ISBN - 13: 9780151008117
About the Book
This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale," as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an
encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of
stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also
Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates
from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along
with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only
companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard
Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all
but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist
with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally
reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle,
never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi
refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth."
After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less
fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?
"Life of Pi" is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a
meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of
storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It''s a
story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.
About the Author
Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey, and India. After studying philosophy in college, he worked at various odd jobs until he began earning his living as a writer at the age of twenty-seven. He lives in Montreal.
From Our Editors
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"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators, and in the original power of storytellers like Martel." -- Francie Lin "Los Angeles Times Book Review" (06/16/2002)