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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.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on June 4, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-10: 0151008116
ISBN-13: 9780151008117
28 Book Reviews
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  • peacheslarue
    peacheslarueSunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:05 am55 stars
    First of all,I didn't read the book but i watched the movie! It was really good it had some intense scenes but i think if you are a boy this is a great book for you! It looks and sounds boring but it definetly is not! If you like a little bit more action i reccomend the movie.
    • mslebron
      mslebronSunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm44 stars
      This was a great story of a survivor. The main character faces countless challenges, but perseveres and overcomes all of the obstacles that present themselves. The relationship between the main character and the tiger is incredible and holds much deeper meaning than one may think.
      • PG13Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm
        This is such a great book! I love the movie too!
        • kittencatsunny
          kittencatsunnyThursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm
          Why is everyone saying its so amazing?????
          • kittencatsunny
            kittencatsunnyThursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm
            I read the first chapter it was kinda boring
            • missviolin
              missviolinTuesday, August 26, 2014 at 9:40 am44 stars
              It was a challenging read, but I really liked it. In the beginning, the family along with their zoo travels across the ocean. The ship sinks, and all is left is a few animals and a teenage boy. The tiger and the boy are left on a lifeboat.
              • bp73610
                bp73610Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm
                such a good book
                • bomhs
                  bomhsWednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm11 star
                  This book was really good I felt so many emotions and thoughts going through my head as I read it
                  • mugdd
                    mugddFriday, October 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm55 starsFeatured
                    Without a doubt, this was one of the best books I have ever read. It is absolutely incredible! It is very well-written, and I think that the plot really dives deep into the inner workings of humanity and emotion. Every time I was finally able to put the book down, I would sit down and think about it for a very long time. Overall, this book is deeply emotional and thought-provoking. I would recommend it for grades seven and over.
                    • kimge
                      kimgeMonday, October 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm55 stars
                      The book is amazing. Yann Martel does a fabulous job of really bringing you into the moment. He uses a lot of metaphors that might confuse younger readers and there is a lot of content involving Indian culture. After reading the book, I realized that the movie was very well made and accurately. I would recommend this book for 7th graders and older.