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Life of Pi (English)

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Author: Yann Martel
Language: English
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin

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Life of Pi is the story of a young boy who finds himself in a critical position when he is left stranded on a boat in the Pacific. Four animals initially accompany him, but the number comes down to just one, a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.

Summary of the Book

Pi is a young boy from Pondicherry whose father owned a zoo. He believes in God and follows all religions. One day, his father decides that the family is going to move to Canada in an attempt to avoid the political scenario in India. They begin their journey and are accompanied by some of the animals from their zoo. A violent storm leaves Pi stranded on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. The journey teaches Pi plenty about survival and facing his fears.

About Yann Martel

Yann Martel is best known for his novel Life of Pi, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. The Canadian author has won a number of literary prizes and is the first Canadian to have represented the Washington Arts Commission.

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Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Award Year 2002
ISBN-10 0143028480
Edition 1stEdition
Number of Pages 336 Pages
Publication Year 2002
Language English
Awards The Man Booker Prize Winner
ISBN-13 9780143028482
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 368 g
Contributors
Authored By Yann Martel
Author Info Yann Martel is a Canadian author and the recipient of the prestigious Booker prize for the year 2012.His works include Life Of Pi, Beatrice And Virgil, Self, Seven Stories, and The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios.His writing is simple and lucid. It presents stories in direct, linear terms. He lists Dantes Divine Comedy as the book that has influenced him the most.Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain, on June 25, 1963. He was raised in several countries, including Canada, Mexico, India, Costa Rica, Turkey, France, and Iran. He attended the Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. In 1985, he graduated from the Concordia University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. After working at a variety of jobs, he took up writing as a full-time career at the age of 27. He currently lives in Canada.
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Chirag Lunkar

Dec 28, 2014

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Good Book

This Book Is Very Nice And Having Very Good Novel By Yann Martel Of Life Of Pi Nd It Is Also Been Given The Man Booker Prize
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Vivek Ray

Dec 19, 2014

PERFECT BOOKER WINNER

the composition of this one left me wanting more. i can't write much about this but will recommend it to all that loves serious writings and those whose taste is different and like light reading shouldn't not buy this as it will be a waste of money to them. those type of readers but this kind of boo… (View complete review)
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Ridhika

Jul 22, 2014

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Good - as per expectation

The story and the take on religion is quite interesting. As is the whole setting of being stranded in the sea with a tiger. Book is better than the film!
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PRATIK GANERIWALA

May 12, 2014

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Horrible Starting!!!!

I guess what does Man Booker Prize means? Certainly it does not mean pathetic.
My first Man Booker Prize book-The White Tiger was a crap.......
and now this is even more horrible. I don't know about the the full book but the first part of the book is a disaster for sure.And after this nightm…
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Suriya Gayathri

Mar 18, 2014

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Interesting tale

An overdose of fantasy for my taste. The book turns essay-like at various junctures because of its descriptive narrative. Yann Martel deserves admiration for flying marvelously on the wings of imagination. I'm curious to watch the movie and will do so shortly.

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pritam singh

Sep 22, 2012

Get ready for the adventure.....

After i get to know about the movie which is being made by Ang Lee i couldn't resist myself form buying this novel.
If you love to read something new with adventure, twists and turns , hope ....then this is the novel for you.

Go and grab it and fall into a dreamland.
Its one of the best novels i have read till date.
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Somnath Sarkar

Mar 8, 2012

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Smart. Intelligent. Fresh

a story of survival like never before. break the story down into 3-4 substories and you'll like all of them. wont disclose much but would just say "read chapter 90 very carefully" :D

hats off to this amazing tale of life !
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Renuka Devi C

Oct 3, 2011

Belief is what bonds you with the Life of Pi!

Even though the Life of Pi is a fiction, somewhere in the first quarter of the book, Yann Martel makes you believe that it is a biography of someone (Pi) who was born in Pondicherry, India, grew up till his teens, with a zoo in his backyard, and with the political scene in India becoming unstable (1977), the family along with a few animals that remained behind, after selling off most of the zoo inhabitants, boards a Japanese cargo ship to Canada. And after this act of making you believe, all the action takes place in the 227 days that runs between the days Pi gets into the sea as a castaway in
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jash dholani

Aug 31, 2012

Amazing Amazing Amazing. And more amazing.

Filled with depth, wonder, and astonishing clarity, Yann Martel has weaved an unbelievable tale. His imagination is expansive, narration brilliant, characterization beyond words. Too good. Too great. Must read. Raw, original, awesome.
Read it, please.
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Sundeep RK

Jul 22, 2012

indeed a story that will make you believe in God

Truly worth Man Booker prize...

What a story.. I cant think anyone could write so many chapter about life on a lifeboat..

It has a perfect blend of a book, at least for me. It has story, it has its spiritual content, it has the interesting aspect about it, and it has - a very impressive part - of facts and knowledge... At the moment, I think I can tame a tiger, if I am stranded with it on a lifeboat surrounded by ocean... If not tame a tiger, I am pretty sure I can live off land, on the water, in a lifeboat!!

And I also think, no person, after reading this book, will ever
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Aditya Nair

Aug 12, 2012

Thank you Richard Parker

Life of Pi is simply complex only in the thought process.It is a personal favorite as this book has a life changing effect on you.Your perspective of things change quite visibly.
Unlike what the Book says it does little in restoring my faith in God,
but does in restoring my faith in people.
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Rajat Maheshwari

Jun 14, 2012

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Not really

I started reading this novel with great enthusiasm but almost dragged myself to finish it. Huge disappointment from a 'Man Booker' winner. The book dragged like the length of the sea. No climatic end to summon up the misery I went through to reach it.
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Tanya

Dec 15, 2012

A blot on booker

Yann Martel is a master list maker. Throughout the book you find him listing various unrelated things and themes whether you are interested to read them or not, because he had painstakingly collected those information and had to include them in his book to increase its girth; the story had hardly enough substance to make for a decent volume.Its a fantasy story no doubt but you need even more mastery on writing to make a fantasy interesting to adult readers, which Mr Martel sadly lacks. Its an impossible rambling story without any rhyme or reason and you need the grim determination of Pi Patel
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Belixir

Jul 26, 2012

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A huge task for Anglee

Life of pi should be listed in the category of spiritual and not fiction because it is all about keeping the human spirit alive which is always adventurous in the contemporary world.Lets wait and see whether Ang Lee will surmount the task of visually narrating the story.Pi always pins his hopes to the horizon beyond which a life in the form of ship awaits him.In that way this book might remind you how superficial are our whining about not leading a content life. The Bengal tiger Richard Parker could have been a valid reason for pi to give up and perish in the sea.But he chose the co-existence
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sujit kumar das

Mar 15, 2012

A blot on booker

Yann Martel is a master list maker.Throughout the book you find him listing various unrelated things and themes whether you are interested to read them or not, because he had painstakingly collected those information and had to include them in his book to increase its girth; the story had hardly enough substance to make for a decent volume.Its a fantasy story no doubt but you need even more mastery on writing to make a fantasy interesting to adult readers, which Mr Martel sadly lacks.Its an impossible rambling story without any rhyme or reason and you need the grim determination of Pi Patel fo
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