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LIFE OF PI
by Yann Martel

Category: Fiction / General
336 pages; ISBN: 0-15602-7321

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Coletta Ollerer

Review

A dictionary description of adventure: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risk, an exciting or remarkable experience. That definition just begins to represent the events of the life of Pi, a teenager, who finds himself shipwrecked and alone in the Pacific in a lifeboat with one other passenger, a Bengal tiger. How this unlikely event occurs and the manner in which the boy copes with the ensuing struggles to remain alive and safe is indeed an engrossing tale. Alone with his wild companion for 227 days at sea the reader sees him go from distraction and despair to resourcefulness to hope to acceptance of the inevitable.
His father had been the owner of a Zoo in a small community in India when, after having sold the zoo, he decided to try for a new life in Canada which is where the family is heading when their ship goes down. On the same vessel we find some animals accompanying them to Canada including the tiger. The young Pi uses what he has learned from his Father’s zookeeping to help him manage the tiger and to solve numerous other problems. Yann Martel shows a keen insight into animal behavior and seems to have an unusual understanding of life as it exists among the lost at sea. Martel has great things coming if he can surpass the excellence of this first novel. As the inside flap says: This is wondrous storytelling.

 

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