- Member of the TWISTER HALL OF FAME
- Author: Yann Martel
- Published August 29th 2006 by Seal Books (first published 2001)
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Yes, I’m aware that this isn’t a suspense/thriller type story in the least. There are some pretty gruesome descriptions of animals devouring each other, but that doesn’t really count. Does it?
I have to include this gorgeous modern day fable in my Hall of Fame simply because the entire story is a twist. Is Pi telling the truth? Did he really spend 227 days with a Bengal tiger on a raft in the ocean? The beauty lies in what the reader wants to believe. No matter how you react to the ending, you will find evidence in the book to back up your belief.
Life of Pi is now studied in most high school English classes for good reason. Yann Martel combines literary devices masterfully, you could read this book one hundred times and never catch all the allusions, metaphors, and symbols. It is a rich and charismatic text that poses questions on religion, survival, nature, morality and truth.
This is a book that has stayed with me for years. If you haven’t read this book, WHY NOT??? Also, you could watch the movie! (The book vs. movie snob in me approves highly of the movie).
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