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ISBN13: 9780151008117
ISBN10: 0151008116
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Awards

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize
Winner of Canada's 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for Canada's Governor General's Award
Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[Life of Pi] could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life." Gary Krist, The New York Times Book Review, Jul 7 2002

Review:

"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender." Charlotte Innes, The Nation, Aug 19 2002

Review:

"Beautifully fantastical and spirited." Suzy Hansen, Salon

Review:

"Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.

Synopsis:

The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a trade paperback edition with cover art from the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, set for release in November 2012

Synopsis:

The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a limited deluxe hardcover edition signed by the author.

Synopsis:

Synopsis:

MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLD

New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.

Universally acclaimed upon publication, Life of Pi is a modern classic.

Synopsis:

“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel

Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemporary fiction.

In 2005 an international competition was held to find the perfect artist to illustrate Yann Martels Man Booker Prize-winning novel. From thousands of entrants, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen. This lavishly produced edition features forty of Torjanacs beautiful four-color illustrations, bringing Life of Pi to splendid, eye-popping life.

Tomislav Torjanac says of his illustrations: “My vision of the illustrated edition of Life of Pi is based on paintings from a first persons perspective—Pis perspective. The interpretation of what Pi sees is intermeshed with what he feels and it is shown through [the] use of colors, perspective, symbols, hand gestures, etc.”

About the Author

Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey, and India. After studying philosophy in college, he worked at various odd jobs until he began earning his living as a writer at the age of twenty-seven. He lives in Montreal.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Reverend MG, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by Reverend MG)
This is a wonderful story! I was sucked in from the beginning with Pi's views on life and religion, all the way to the end of his journey across the sea. Pi is a very inspiring character, and he has stuck with me ever since I finished the story. I'm not sure if I've recommended another book more than this one!
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HollyHinCO, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by HollyHinCO)
This book has stayed with me since I read the last page. It is one of those amazing books that could never be duplicated. Adrift in the sea of life, I sail with Pi, even in my dreams sometimes.
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ljsgecko, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by ljsgecko)
A whimsical book which examines culture and religion through story telling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151008117
Author:
Martel, Yann
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Torjanac, Tomislav
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Ocean travel
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Pacific ocean
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Tigers
Subject:
Zoo animals
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1730-2
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 four-color illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.22 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Harcourt Brace and Company - English 9780151008117 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Life of Pi] could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life."
"Review" by , "If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender."
"Review" by , "Beautifully fantastical and spirited."
"Review" by , "Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master."
"Synopsis" by , This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.
"Synopsis" by ,
The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a trade paperback edition with cover art from the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, set for release in November 2012
"Synopsis" by , The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a limited deluxe hardcover edition signed by the author.
"Synopsis" by ,

"Synopsis" by , MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLD

New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.

Universally acclaimed upon publication, Life of Pi is a modern classic.

"Synopsis" by ,

“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel

Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemporary fiction.

In 2005 an international competition was held to find the perfect artist to illustrate Yann Martels Man Booker Prize-winning novel. From thousands of entrants, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen. This lavishly produced edition features forty of Torjanacs beautiful four-color illustrations, bringing Life of Pi to splendid, eye-popping life.

Tomislav Torjanac says of his illustrations: “My vision of the illustrated edition of Life of Pi is based on paintings from a first persons perspective—Pis perspective. The interpretation of what Pi sees is intermeshed with what he feels and it is shown through [the] use of colors, perspective, symbols, hand gestures, etc.”

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