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Life of Pi: Booker Prize Winner 2002 Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
|Paperback, 4 Oct 2012||
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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 ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."An award winner in Canada (and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize), Life of Pi, Yann Martel's second novel, should prove to be a breakout book in the U.S. At one point in his journey, Pi recounts, "My greatest wish--other than salvation--was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One that I could read again and again, with new eyes and fresh understanding each time." It's safe to say that the fabulous, fablelike Life of Pi is such a book. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'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
'Martel has a warm way of engaging with the reader' -- Robert Burdock RobAroundBooks.com
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Te story is a little slow, but then a castaway narrating his story is bound to be full of details.
And if you’ve already watched the film and think you know the story, you don’t. A movie cannot highlight the plight of a person stranded in the middle of nowhere for more than seven months. It is a must read.
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