Life of Pi
Life of Pi [a Novel] By Martel, Yann Audiobook CD - 2002

Life of Pi was written by Yann Martel. He is a Canadian author from Saskatoon and wrote this bestselling book in 2002. I hear it is a famous book and the scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years. Exciting, isn't it? But her is the juicy part - the plot. The storyline is set in 1977 to 1978 in the Pacific Ocean for the majority of the book. The main character is called Piscine Patel, shortly Pi Patel. He and his family decide to move from India because in late-70s, they didn't feel safe about their government and really wanted to move to Canada, Winnipeg. The government was one of the push factors of the country. Gotta love Geography as a subject, huh? Anyways, Pi and his family go to Canada on an old Japanese ship called Tsimtsum. But they didn't make it to Winnipeg because their ship sank. Pi, as it not so conveniently happens to be, is the only survivor of the disaster other than a 450 pound Bengal tiger, a female orangutan, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg and Pi himself. Surprisingly, and I suppose quite obviously, Pi survived or who would be here to tell the story to us, right? But during the book, though I was scared for Pi, and you know, the probability of getting to land in the ocean on a raft is quite low, I felt quite entertained by the book (that might be because I wasn't the one stuck in the ocean on a raft, haha). This part of the article is for great people that stayed till the end. It contains major spoilers about the book but also offers quite a lot of food for thought. Do you remember how Pi spoke to the Japanese officials in Mexico? And how he made that analogy - he is the tiger, the brute cook from the ship was the hyena, the orangutan was his mom and the zebra was a Japanese sailor. I wonder if this is the darker but a truthful story... We will never know this now, huh? 5/5 Stars. @readermariacom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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