Life of Pi by Yann Martel Paperback Book


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Author: Yann Martel

Narrator: Jeff Woodman

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: Highbridge Company

Published: Jan 2003

Genre: Fiction - Literary

Retail Price: $29.95

Discs: 9


Martel's novel tells the story of Pi—short for Piscine—an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi's father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg and Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Life of Pi brings together many themes including religion, zoology, fear, and sheer tenacity. This is a funny, wise, and highly original look at what it means to be human.

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BookLender review by merri on 2007-06-14 00:53:31

there's me, trying to read the ny times bestsellers again... i guess this is about a boy who gets stuck floating in the middle of the ocean with a tiger, but i never got that far. it was SO BORING! if you like smart books, read it, but here you see the difference, the kite runner book was smart, but well written, this one is smart but written so that you have to work and prove it in order to have read it. ick.

BookLender review by Stephanie on 2009-10-22 15:42:12

This book is very slow and disjointed in the beginning. It is almost painful to get through and you do not really understand where it is going. However, once the story gets underway it is a pretty good read. What makes the book worthwhile is the end. I will not spoil it for you! However, to like the book, I feel like you definitely have to get there. Once you read the end, you can reflect on the book and see the themes the author wove into the story. Pretty good although I wouldn't say its amazing like Ive heard in the past.

BookLender review by Lisa on 2008-01-07 12:22:16

in my opinion, this story doesn't begin until Pi and his family depart on their voyage. i struggled getting through the first 75 pages or so of this book - boring and disjointed it was like an entirely different book. once the story really begins, i couldn't put it down - disturbing, bizarre, funny and brilliant.

BookLender review by PATRICIA on 2012-11-13 11:32:47

A big action packed story and just over 300 pages, but heavy philisophical and religious ponderings really have it dragging in spots. That plus the blow by blow descriptions of the slaughter of the animals cost the prize winning book a star or two in my rting

BookLender review by Tanisha on 2008-12-03 11:01:48

This story was so boring in the beginning that i thought I wasn't going to make it through. Once the boat sinks and Pi is on his own the real adventre begins. I was shocked I couldn't put it down . I loved the ending that suggested that Pi made up the story of the animals as symbolism for people who were actually on the boat with him. it's an enjoying read if you like books that make you think.