Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides
to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos,
everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old
Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan,
a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for
227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until
they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into
the jungle. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse
to believe his story, so he tells a second one - more conventional,
less fantastic. But is it more true?
A realistic, rousing adventure and meta-tale of
survival, Life of Pi explores the redemptive power of storytelling
and the transformative
nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character claims, to "make
you believe in God."
©2001 Yann Martell; (P)2002 HighBridge Company
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