Life of Pi

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Hardcover, Harcourt Brace and Company, 2002, ISBN # 0151008116

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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.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publish Date: Jun 04, 2002
ISBN-13: 9780151008117
ISBN-10: 0151008116
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.25
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This book gets better the more you read. I liked it all. However, some say it ends stronger than it starts. It is entertaining, and written smart. My new favorite book. Bought another copy as a gift for my father in law.

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