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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after aMore Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Less

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Eva rated it it was amazing

over 3 years ago

It is not so much that The Life of Pi, is particularly moving (although it is). It isn’t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once (which it is, as well). And it’s certainly not that Yann Martel’s vision filled passages are. Read full review

Jason rated it it was amazing

over 3 years ago

LITTLE INDIAN BOY GOES ON WEIRD BOAT RIDE WITH MEAN CAT.

Trevor rated it it was ok

over 3 years ago

I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious. I tend to avoid the winners of the Man / Booker – they make me a little depressed. The only Carey I haven’t liked won the Booker (Oscar and Lucinda ), I really didn’t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never. Read full review

Mary rated it it was ok

over 3 years ago

It’s not that it was bad, it’s just that I wish the tiger had eaten him so the story wouldn’t exist.

I read half of it, and felt really impatient the whole time, skipping whole pages, and then I realized that I didn’t have to keep going, which is as spiritual a moment as I. Read full review

Kirstine rated it really liked it

I was extremely surprised by this book. Let me tell you why (it’s a funny story):

On the Danish cover it says “Pi’s Liv” (Pi’s Life), but I hadn’t noticed the apostrophe, so I thought it said “Pis Liv” (Piss Life) and I thought that was an interesting title at least, so p. Read full review

Malbadeen rated it it was ok

almost 2 years ago

Recommends it for: people that can’t get enough of Carl Jung and his wack-a-noodle ideas

Sift a pinch of psychology with a scant tablespoon of theology, add one part Island of the Blue Dolphin with two parts philosophy, mix with a pastry blender or the back of a fork until crumbly but not dry and there you have Pi and his lame-o, cheesed out, boat ride to e. Read full review

Jesse rated it really liked it

almost 2 years ago

Life of Pi was a fairly engaging story in terms of plot and character, but what made it such a memorable book, for me at least, was its thematic concerns. Is it a “story that will make you believe in God,” as Pi claims? I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I would recommend. Read full review

Annalisa rated it it was amazing

about 1 year ago

Recommends it for: book clubs, thinkers

Recommended to Annalisa by: Crystalyn

I read this book two years ago, but when we discussed it this month for book club, I remembered how much I liked it. A good discussion always ups my appreciation of a novel as does an ending that makes me requestion my givens in the story. I find myself reading contradict. Read full review

Adrian Rush rated it did not like it

over 3 years ago

No need to reinvent the wheel. Here’s my Amazon.com review:

It doesn’t matter whether what you tell people is truth or fiction, because there’s no such thing as truth, no real difference between fantasy and reality, so you might as well go with the more interesting story. Read full review

s.penkevich rated it liked it

over 3 years ago

Recommends it for: Those looking for an uplifting, spiritual story

Recommended to s.penkevich by: Megan

’ Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness.

We have all heard the phrase ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ While this is a good life lesson, especially when taken as a metaphor that extends beyond books and into people, places, foods, etc. sometimes. Read full review

Book Details

Paperback. 460 pages

Published August 29th 2006 by Seal Books (first published 2001

ISBN 0770430074 (ISBN13: 9780770430078 ) Edition Language English Original Title Life of Pi Characters Pi Patel, Richard Parker Literary Awards Man Booker Prize, Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, Governor General s Literary Awards / Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général, Lincoln Award, Deutscher Bücherpreis More… Man Booker Prize, Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, Governor General s Literary Awards / Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général, Lincoln Award, Deutscher Bücherpreis, CBC Canada Reads, Luisterboek Award, QWF (Quebec Writer s Federation) Awards, Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Less

About this Author

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi. the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self. Beatrice Virgil. and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd.

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It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always. so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.

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