Life of Pi

Yann Martel
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. 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 while 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?


Reviewed: 2019-01-15
Book group entry - Interesting story, gives you lots to think about.
Reviewed: 2015-07-06
In my short life, I have encountered just a few books that actually take my breath away. This is one of them.
The magic of storytelling, of words upon words in a constant flow do not register on your mind until you get to page 303.
I could write a lot of things about this book. About its meaning, about its presence, about its structure, about its characters. But I'm not going to.
Read it. Just read it, and be amazed by the power of words.
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