Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. 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 while 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?

GBC Review by Sofia S.


Hey GBC! This month, I decided to follow the advice of some adults and read Life of Pi. I had some mixed feelings… The story revolves around Piscine Patel and his trip to Canada. The book had a lot of background detail, sometimes too much. I had to read it multiple times in order to figure out where the actual story began. The survival part of the book is captivating and I enjoyed reading about the endeavours of Pi, but there were multiple parts that were not of interest to me. I would only recommend Life of Pi to 15 year olds and up, due to the fact that I believe that anyone younger than that would lose interest and ditch the book.
Happy reading!

Sofia

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