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Pauleen, August 16, 2012 (view all comments by Pauleen)
This is an exciting story with an amazing twist! You will fall in love with the protagonist, Pi, as well as his life changing story. Pi's adventure gives the reader hope and encouragement to face challenges and tell their own stories as the audience realizes, that it isn't the end result that matters, it's the telling of the tale.
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LauraAdams, June 27, 2008 (view all comments by LauraAdams)
I chose this book for our book club but was a little disappointed in it overall. The first half of the book was a little hard to get interested in. It jumped from the author to Pi and was a little scattered and hard to follow. I found the 2nd half of the book much more interesting. It was a little out there and I did not find it a book that "made me believe in God" as tauted. I do believe in God but this book did nothing to strenghen that in the least. I came away feeling like the animals were sybolic of other things as in Animal Farm, etc. I did not hate it or love it. Not sure that I really even understood it.
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uncle_loki, July 7, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
This book made me smile. The descriptions were vivid. I enjoyed the zoology included in the plot. And Pi himself was delightful. It was just the right mix of the plausible and the fantastic.
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ROBODOC2004, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by ROBODOC2004)
i loved this book ! i read it cover to cover in one day,i could'nt put it down.i love yan martel's writing style.he pays amazing atention to detail.he makes you feel like you know the characters personaly.you really understand them and what their going through.
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imajojobean, February 11, 2007 (view all comments by imajojobean)
If you haven't read through the synopses of this book, take my advice and CLOSE YOUR EYES AND CLICK ADD TO CART. Do not read about this book, just read the book - the less you know the better. Believe me, you'll thank me later. The whole tale left me breathless and exhilirated, as if I had survived Pi's ordeal in the lifeboat myself. Fantastic, brilliant stuff.
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Product Details

Martel, Yann
Mariner Books
Orlando, Fla.
Action & Adventure
Human-animal relationships
Religious - General
Ocean travel
Teenage boys
Psychological fiction
Pacific ocean
Zoo animals
Adventure fiction
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
General Fiction
General Fiction
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Movie or Television Tie-In
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Lst Harvest
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
May 2003
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156027328 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I admit it; before reading Life of Pi, I thought, There's just no way that Yann Martel can write a whole book about a teenage boy and a tiger stranded together in a lifeboat for 277 days. But, I was so wrong; he pulls it off beautifully. You will love this utterly charming and unforgettable book.

"Review" by , "This breezily aphoristic, unapologetically twee saga of man and cat is a convincing hands-on, how-to guide for dealing with what Pi calls, with typically understated brio, 'major lifeboat pests.'"
"Review" by , "Martel's Life of Pi might sound ridiculous, but by the time Martel throws Pi out to sea, his quirkily magical and often hilarious vision has already taken hold....Martel is so mesmerized by Pi that one can't help but be enchanted too....Pi's lost-at-sea story never drags. The slow journey is spiked with fascinating survival scenes....Pi's story is so extraordinary that when he finally makes it ashore, he offers a comparatively boring version of the tale to two researchers, acknowledging that humans don't have much of a taste for the miraculous. This played-down version makes Pi's true tale, thanks to Martel's beautifully fantastical and spirited rendering, all the more tempting to believe."
"Review" by , "A work of wonder....[T]he kind of twist-and-turns spellbinder that's almost impossible to forget."
"Review" by , "An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la Kon-Tiki, and hilarious... : This audacious novel manages to be all of these."
"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 , "Life of Pi is a real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny....It's difficult to stop reading when the pages run out."
"Review" by , "A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."
"Synopsis" by , This brilliant novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with four wild animals. His knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist for 227 days with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
"Synopsis" by , National Bestseller

A New York Times Notable Book of 2002

Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks — and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do?

"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

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.

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