LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

eBooks of the Month Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on Life of Pi

January 2014 Guest Editor Jodi Picoult on The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The story sounds like the beginning of a joke: a boy, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger floating on a lifeboat in the Pacific. Eventually, the hyena eats the zebra and the orangutan, then the Bengal attacks the hyena. The boy, Pi, is left with the tiger. When Pi washes ashore, he is met by some Japanese officials. He tells them his story, and they think he's crazy. From a writing standpoint, what makes this novel wonderful is that it asks questions: How do we make people believe our stories? Is there one way of telling a story, or are there many? What do we need to believe as readers, and above all, to whom does this story belong - the writer or the person reading it?

 

The Lovereading view...

 

A 2011 World Book Night selection.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002. 

Pi’s family is moving their zoo when the boat sinks and 16-year old Pi is left afloat in a lifeboat with four animals that includes a tiger.  Up to that point the book is slow to get into but persevere for this unique work is stunning.  It’s brutal, hopeful, humorous, philosophical, almost implausible and yet strangely believable.  A tale that will remain with you for a very long time and deserves another read.

 

Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selection for this title is: Mark Haddon.

 

Comparison: Mark Haddon (The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger).

 

To view the Young Adult edition of this book, click here.

Sarah Broadhurst

Life of Pi Synopsis

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

Life of Pi Press Reviews

'Extraordinary...Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life.'
New York Times Book Review

If you loved this, you might like these...

Silver Sparrow
The Great Gatsby
The Party Wall
Us Three

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857865533
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857861825
Publication date: 18/08/2011
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406330267
Publication date: 05/07/2010
Publisher: Walker Canongate an imprint of Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781841953922
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781841953922
Publication date: 17/05/2003
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841953922
Publication date: 2nd July 2009
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 348 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.   Author photo © Alice Kuiper

More About Yann Martel

More Books By Yann Martel

Cover for The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Cover for The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Cover for Life of Pi by Yann Martel
View All Books By Yann Martel

Share this book