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Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, had a fervent love of stories and practices not only within 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, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780156027328
ISBN-10: 0156027321
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 3389 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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bookaddict avatar reviewed Life of Pi on
Helpful Score: 35
This book is genius.

The beginning is a bit dry--about the first 80 pages were hard for me to get through (I wanted the TIGER! Bring on the TIGER!) but once the story got moving it was a beautiful, fascinating book. One of the best endings of all time, IMO. And you can go back and read the beginning once you've finished the book, and have a much better appreciation for it.

I highly recommend this book; it well deserved the Booker Prize.
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Helpful Score: 31
This is a fascinating book. There is so much fact in it that I kept checking that it was actually fiction.

Within the book is a treatise on the benefits of zoos and how, if they are created and maintained properly they are the best possible environment for the animals involved.

There is a discussion on comparative religions â Muslim, Hindu and Christianity. The main character gets involved and practices all three. He describes how they all benefit him in different ways.

Then there is the main part of the book â how to survive in a lifeboat at sea for seven months â especially if you are sharing the boat with a Bengal tiger. So there's a short treatise on how to train a tiger â how to let him know you are the alpha male and therefore he is not to dominate (aka eat) you.

Much of the book is matter of fact, and it is all beautifully written.

I HIGHLY recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 27
I did not finish the book, I think the writing is excellent and the story compelling but for all animal lovers,reading the details of zoo animals being eaten alivel and Zebra's flesh being torn off as the Zebra lay in misery still alive. If I had know the book had this vivid discriptions of animals being butchered and tortured I would not have ordered it. Maybe after the Zebra incident the book's detail on animal torture ends I don't know becasue I couldn't risk having to read more about these beautiful animals being slaughtered. If you are the kind of person who gets squimish when animals are brutally sacrificed for the sake of the story don't read this. I only wish someone had told me that.
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Helpful Score: 21
You have to start out reading this book with no expectations. It is completely unrealistic of course in the beginning, but when that is behind you, it is a surprisingly good story of survival and the close bond between man and creatures. And the end leaves you thinking for quite some time.
bananapancakes avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
Absolutely amazing. The best book I read in 2004 hands down. About a boy ,Pi Patel, who unfortunately finds himself stuck on a float with some interesting zoo animals, and his survival among these beasts. It left me thinking long after I was finished reading. It is so much more than meets the eye. This is one of my keepers. Rated 5/5
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this is a paperback from Quality Paperback Book Club, so, if you are familiar, it is bigger than a paperback, yet smaller than a hardcover. the ISBN did not match any that PBS offered, but I have no doubt this is the entire novel as originally published in hardcover.
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It came highly recomended to me, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe that it was just too much religion for me.
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I loved this book
aladdin avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 154 more book reviews
One of the most original and interesting and exciting and absolutely NEAT books I've ever read. One of my lifetime top ten. If you have no sense of adventure and no imagination whatsoever, don't read this book. If you simply cannot suspend being grounded totally in practical reality, don't read this book. On the other hand, if you want to take an amazing journey, do read Life of Pi. It asks... What is real? Hmmm.
Tipppytoes avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 24 more book reviews
Fascinating, gripping. couldn't put it down. I highly reccomend it.
Bonnie avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 404 more book reviews
An odd book, with a plot blurb that just wasn't all that enticing enough as I had the print book on my TBR for years before finally giving it away, even though so many recommended it. Then along came the audio, and I was hooked from the moment I heard Pi speak.
And that is a good deal of what kept the headphones glued to my ears. Pi speaking this deliciously different tale, in a voice obviously of a young man, who spoke words that sang due to the melody of his soft Indian accent.
I know I'd have read things with my eyes and thought it was good writing, but I would not have laughed out loud quite frequently, even at things that really were not all that funny, if not for Pi's voice and lilt, the sardonic humor that filled his spirit. The way he could not only emphasize words, but letters in those words.
He broke my heart, while I was laughing. He called out "Richard Parker" over and over, and I could not hear it enough.
Of course, this is due to Jeff Woodman, an amazing narrator, and the author, Yann Martel, with the most creative of minds.

I love this book. I love that Pi loves religion, is a devout Hindu who prays to Mecca, and goes to Mass, and probably keeps the Sabbath.
And I learned a lot about wild animals, too. Those in and out of a zoo.
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Listened to about 4 chapters - couldn't reall get into it, so decided to stop
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Enjoyable read.
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This book was excellent. My mom had been trying to get me to read it for months, but I had no time in college and then I had 5 or 6 books I had to read before I could start it. I'm very glad I finally read it, though. It's extremely well-written, and the story is about as interesting and absorbing as stories come. He's stuck on a 26-foot life raft with a tiger, after all. How much more suspenseful can it get?

My favorite quote from the novel is the message Pi puts in the glass bottle he finds in the ocean: "Am in lifeboat. Pi Patel my name. Have some food, some water, but Bengal tiger a serious problem. Any help very much appreciated. Thank you."

-- WARNING: POSSIBLE PLOT SPOILING FROM THIS POINT FORWARD --

Also, I personally believe he was stuck on a boat with a tiger, no matter if the last chapter gives you an alternate theory: Maybe the tiger was his dehydrated, half-starved, and very traumatized mind's way of coping with his hopeless situation, the extreme and occasionally gruesome things he had to do to survive, and the terror he witnessed at the hands of the other survivors, who ripped each other apart, literally, in pursuit of life. Of course, it's quite possible Pi doesn't even know which story is true himself - or that he knows perfectly well the tiger wasn't real, but wishes it were so he doesn't have to think about the much MORE terrible occurrences on the boat; however, much like Pi says in the end of the book, if I have to choose between the two stories, I choose the better one. The one with the animals.
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One of my closest friends begged me to read this for the longest time. When I finally got a copy of it, I questioned his taste in fine literature. The first third of the book was incredibly boring, and it took me at least a month to get through it, and I'm one of those people who can finish a book in a day or two. I was going to give up, but he kept pushing me to finish, and I'm glad I did. Once it got interesting, I couldn't put it down. Something about trying to survive alone on the ocean doesn't have much appeal, but when you throw in a carniverous island that eats people, and an ending that makes you question if the story actually happened, it was an amazing book.
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A very strange novel, but one I couldn't put down. A story to really make one think about life.
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Amazing story of just how capable humans are of surviving and co-existing in a pinch. This book had be on the edge of my seat the entire time. A survival story at it's best.
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This ISBN number shows hardcover, but the book is in paperback.
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The beginning is engaging but the middle is a bit tedious. However, it was very much worth reading for the ending. One of the best endings I've ever read.
fencerchica avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 47 more book reviews
Unfortunately, for me this was one of those books where I wished I could have the time back that I spent on reading it. I felt that it seemed to be an exercise in self-indulgence on the author's part. I thought the efforts it made towards groping after meaningful truths were feeble and unfocused, that the characters were not terribly interesting or even very likeable, that the plot development was wandering, and that the fantasy elements were condescending and unconvincing. Just not my kind of book, I guess.

I think "Life of Pi" would appeal strongly to those who also enjoyed reading "The Alchemist", which is quite similar in style (and another book I didn't care for).
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One of my favorite books--captivating and very thought provoking.
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An interesting book. It has more depth than the story leads you to believe. Is about how we might make up the story we think people want to hear vs the reality of what really happened. Young man shipwrecked at sea, survives on a life boat with a tiger...or not.
dbo avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 74 more book reviews
I did not get interested in this book until Part 2, but then it became fascinating.
greendee avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 3 more book reviews
I've read this book twice and could easily read it again. It's a great discussion book for book clubs or anyone who loves discussing good books that make you think.
cyndij avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 920 more book reviews
Like many I found it slow in the beginning. I put it down and then picked it up again after a couple weeks, then read it straight through in one night. I totally accepted the story until about 2/3 through when I thought "wait a minute..." but I didn't see the end coming. If in fact it was really the end! I'm not a very "deep" reader - I need to be hit with a sledgehammer message before figuring out meaning in a book, so I'm sure most of the allegory went right over my head. But I did like it.
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I was surprised that this book was able to keep my attention so well. It was a slow start, but got better and better. The character development was great. In our book club, another reader was convinced it was a true story, even with the impossibility of it all!
aladdin avatar reviewed Life of Pi on + 154 more book reviews
One of the most original and interesting and exciting and absolutely NEAT books I've ever read. One of my lifetime top ten. If you have no sense of adventure and no imagination whatsoever, don't read this book. If you simply cannot suspend being grounded totally in practical reality, don't read this book. On the other hand, if you want to take an amazing journey, do read Life of Pi. It asks... What is real? Hmmm.
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Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, had a fervent love of stories and practices not only within his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is 16, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to Canada aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks--and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, in 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?
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Very enjoyable read. You'll be lost for a while, finding your way inside this young boys mind!
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Very interesting book about a man who survives a shipwreck.
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I just could not get into this book. I had heard many great things about it,however,I just simply did not enjoy what I managed to get through.
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Won The Man Booker. Good read.
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I read this while traveling. It was definitely an enjoyable read.

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