Like its noteworthy ancestors (Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, the Ancient Mariner and Moby Dick) Life of Pi is a tale of disaster at sea. Both a boys' own adventure (for grown-ups) and a meditation on faith and the value of religious metaphor, it was one of the most extraordinary and original novels of 2002. The only survivor from the wreck of a cargo ship on the Pacific, 16 year old Pi spends 221 days on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger called Richard Parker ...
* 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
Yann Martel was born in Spain but currently lives in Montreal. He is the hugely acclaimed author of Self, a novel, and of the story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Yann's delight of a novel, Life of Pi, is his third book and was the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2002.
|5 Jul 2018
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