Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker....

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Title:Life of Pi
Author:Yann Martel
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Life of Pi
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:460 pages pages

Life of Pi Reviews

  • Mary
    Jan 15, 2008
    It's not that it was bad, it's just that I wish the tiger had eaten him so the story wouldn't exist. I read half of it, and felt really impatient the whole time, skipping whole pages, and then I realized that I didn't have to keep going, which is as spiritual a moment as I could hop...
  • Malbadeen
    Jul 28, 2007
    Sift a pinch of psychology with a scant tablespoon of theology, add one part Island of the Blue Dolphin with two parts philosophy, mix with a pastry blender or the back of a fork until crumbly but not dry and there you have Pi and his lame-o, cheesed out, boat ride to enlightenment. ...
  • Trevor
    Mar 02, 2008
    I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious. I tend to avoid the winners of the Man / Booker ? they make me a little depressed. The only Carey I haven?t liked won the Booker (Oscar and Lucinda), I really didn?t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never finishe...
  • Teresa Jusino
    Aug 11, 2007
    On the surface, it's the story of a 16 year old Indian boy named "Pi" who, when he and his zookeeping family decide to transplant themselves and some animals to Canada, ends up stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-lb Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker."...
  • Jenny
    Aug 30, 2007
    Once, while riding the bus, I told a friend I hated this book. A guy I'd never met turned around to tell me that he was shocked and this was a beautiful book. I can sum up my hatred of this book by saying this: At the end of the book a character asks "Do you prefer the story with anima...
  • Paul Bryant
    Sep 27, 2007
    Oh finally I get it. I read this a couple of years ago and it was supposed to be all about God. But no, it's not a religious allegory at all. It's about the collapse of communism. As the ocean liner of communism sinks under the weight of its own massive incompetence (a good idea, but t...
  • Annalisa
    Oct 13, 2007
    I read this book two years ago, but when we discussed it this month for book club, I remembered how much I liked it. A good discussion always ups my appreciation of a novel as does an ending that makes me requestion my givens in the story. I find myself reading contradictory interpreta...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Mar 05, 2013
    Life of Pi, Yann Martel Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a...
  • Eva
    Nov 17, 2007
    It is not so much that The Life of Pi, is particularly moving (although it is). It isn?t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once (which it is, as well). And it?s certainly not that Yann Martel?s vision filled passages are so prec...
  • Tiffany
    Dec 13, 2007
    I discovered early in The Life of Pi why the main character was named after a infinite number - the book is an interminable bore. This book is sort of a Rorschach test for religious belief, so here's my take. If you haven't read Pi yet and want to, the rest of my review will spoil it f...
  • Jesse
    Jul 14, 2008
    Life of Pi was a fairly engaging story in terms of plot and character, but what made it such a memorable book, for me at least, was its thematic concerns. Is it a "story that will make you believe in God," as Pi claims? I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I would recommend it to people w...
  • Adrian Rush
    Jun 06, 2008
    No need to reinvent the wheel. Here's my Amazon.com review: It doesn't matter whether what you tell people is truth or fiction, because there's no such thing as truth, no real difference between fantasy and reality, so you might as well go with the more interesting story. That's "Li...
  • Apatt
    Oct 03, 2012
    This is not a story of a boy and his BFF tiger. This is nothing like Calvin and Hobbes. The tiger is nothing like Tigger or Lassie. This is not a YA book. That is worth pointing out I think, because the movie poster and trailer gave me this impression. This book has teeth. ...
  • Justin
    Jan 31, 2017
    People often see me walking down the street, casually, minding my own business, and they always stop and ask me, "Yo, Justin, what are you reading these days?" And I'm always happy to stop and engage in conversation about what I'm reading, and I share a few thoughts about it. "Yeah...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Apr 14, 2018
    As a sort of parable on the value of storytelling, Yann Martel's fantastical adventure, Life of Pi, is astonishing. In the most desperate of circumstances, while Pi is on his lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, imagination and storytelling are the keys to Pi's incredible...
  • Megan
    Jun 22, 2012
    ?The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn't that make life a story?? Life is a story and the story of Pi Patel is one of the most extraordinary stories that I have read in awhile. T...
  • Richard Derus
    Oct 05, 2011
    UPDATE: Some will see this as good news...there is a movie based on this piffling 21st-century Kahlil Gibran ripoff, directed by Ang Lee, coming out...trailer here. As one can readily see, no smarm or treacle has been spared. The whole world has a copy of this book, including me.....
  • Jason
    Nov 14, 2010
    LITTLE INDIAN BOY GOES ON WEIRD BOAT RIDE WITH MEAN CAT. ...
  • Kirstine
    May 17, 2011
    I was extremely surprised by this book. Let me tell you why (it's a funny story): On the Danish cover it says "Pi's Liv" (Pi's Life), but I hadn't noticed the apostrophe, so I thought it said "Pis Liv" (Piss Life) and I thought that was an interesting title at least, so perhaps I s...
  • s.penkevich
    Aug 20, 2012
    ? Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness.? We have all heard the phrase ?you can?t judge a book by it?s cover.? While this is a good life lesson, especially when taken as a metaphor that extends beyond books and into people, places, foods, etc., sometime...
  • Jim Fonseca
    Oct 05, 2013
    For years I noticed this book on display, particularly its cartoonish paperback cover. Was it a children's book? This Pi stuff -- was it something about math? It's a castaway story and like all castaway and shipwreck stories it's about human endurance, indomitable spirit and man vs. na...
  • Ted
    Jul 27, 2012
    As near as I can say, this should probably be 3.141592654 stars. I was disappointed in this novel, but not really surprised at this. Rather I was somewhat prepared for it, because the ratings for it, specifically by my GR friends and reviewers (people I follow), are all over the pla...
  • Huda Yahya
    May 04, 2013
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  • F
    Apr 16, 2012
    I loved this book! I watched the film before reading the book and I loved both of them. I enjoy short chapters so this was good for me. Best scene was the 3 religious men arguing about Pi's religion. Found it really smartly done and funny. ...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    Jan 11, 2013
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  • Lola
    Jul 29, 2018
    This one could have been a winner for me if it had been less descriptive. When you strip away the unnecessary animal facts, you do find an incredibly unique survival story, but unfortunately this isn?t a book I?m ever going to want to re-read, or re-listen, rather. Honestly? The mo...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Feb 24, 2018
    On the surface Life of Pi is a funny little book, heart-warming and audacious, but dig a little deeper and you?ll see how complex the story actually is. The magically real elements make the story doubt itself; they call into question the probability of these events actually happe...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    Sep 04, 2015
    I'm a huge fan of Yann Martel's allegorical story. I read Life of Pi shortly after it had won the Booker, heavily intrigued by the story's improbable premise (boy in lifeboat with Bengal tiger). I was keen to see how the author could pull this off. But pull it off he did, taking me b...
  • عبدالعزيز المحيني
    Dec 14, 2015
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  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 07, 2017
    The beginning is rough. It's all like - Why do we keep going on and on about religion? Where's the boat? Where's the tiger? Stop and enjoy the roses. The book will get to the tiger part when it wants to. Young Pi ( Piscine "Pi" Patel ) spends the first part of the book ...