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Life of Pi

A Novel

By Yann Martel

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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Format: Book
Author: Martel, Yann
Summary: 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?
Title: Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel.
Publisher Date: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2001.
Subject: Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. -- Fiction Human-animal relationships -- Fiction Storytelling -- Fiction Teenage boys -- Fiction Ocean travel -- Fiction Zoo animals -- Fiction. Orphans -- Fiction Tigers -- Fiction Pacific Ocean -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780544045200 (pbk.) 0156030209 (pbk.) 9780156030205 (pbk.)
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System Items Available: 6
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Call Number: F Martel
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Format: Book
Author: Martel, Yann
Summary: 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?
Title: Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel.
Publisher, Date: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2001.
Description: xi, 401 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. -- Fiction
Subjects: Human-animal relationships -- Fiction
Subjects: Storytelling -- Fiction
Subjects: Teenage boys -- Fiction
Subjects: Ocean travel -- Fiction
Subjects: Zoo animals -- Fiction.
Subjects: Orphans -- Fiction
Subjects: Tigers -- Fiction
Subjects: Pacific Ocean -- Fiction.
Notes: "A Harvest book."
ISBN: 9780544045200 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0156030209 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780156030205 (pbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 8
Call Number: F Martel