Life Of Pi

Pi Patel is an Indian Tamil boy, and the son of a zookeeper – emigrates with his family by aboard a Japanese cargo ship from India to North America along with their zoo animals.

The ship sinks – Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean survives 227 days with a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker until they reach the coast of Mexico.

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Yann Martel
Fantasy, Adventure
11 Sept 2001
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Author's Introduction

Yann Martel is a Spanish-born Canadian novelist famously known for Life of Pi, the Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Yann Martel is also the author of the novels The High Mountains of Portugal, Beatrice and Virgil, and Self, and the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. He has won a number of literary awards including the Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize in 2001 and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award in 2002.

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"Life Of Pi" Quotes

“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…”​

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”​

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”​

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”​

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”​

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”​

“I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart.”​

Literary Awards

A Quill & Quire Best Book of (2001)

Winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction (2001)

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction (2002)

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (2002)

Winner of The Boeke Prize (2003)

Winner in the Scene It Read It category of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards (2014)

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