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Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel.

Martel, Yann. (Author).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Brownstown PL - Brownstown FIC MARTEL (Text) 79361000043314 Adult Fiction Available -
North Webster Comm. PL - North Webster MAR Adv. (Text) 72436000085132 Adult fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0156027321
  • ISBN: 9780156027328
  • Physical Description: xii, 326 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
  • Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2003.

Content descriptions

General Note: "A Harvest book."
Includes reading group guide (p.323-326).
Summary, etc.: Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction 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. Publisher Fact Sheet. A fabulist novel that combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale.
Target Audience Note: 830 Lexile.
Awards Note: Man Booker Prize, 2002.
Boeke Prize, 2003.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction, 2001-2003.
Subject: Survival at sea > Fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Fiction.
Pacific Ocean > Fiction.
Storytelling > Fiction.
Teenage boys > Fiction.
Ocean travel > Fiction.
Zoo animals > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Tiger > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Adventure fiction.

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