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Life of Pi

Yann Martel

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life-of-pi-yann-martelLife of Piby the NumbersPounds Richard Parker weighs Days Pi Patel spends stranded on the lifeboat Year Martel won the Man Booker Prize for Life of Pi Oscars won by the 2012 film adaptation directed by Ang Lee445022720024 ptThe globetrotting Martel lived in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and France before settling in Canada. His imaginative work in Life of Pi blurs the boundary of fiction and nonfiction and uses animals to illuminate human behavior and philosophical meaning.YANN MARTELBORN 1963AuthorPi Patel, the 16-year-old son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry, India, knows how dangerous tigers are, but he never imagined hed be stuck with one on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean. Pi must use his knowledge of animals—and his faith in the impossible—to survive. Can he and the tiger make it to land together? And will anyone believe his story?Doubt, Faith, and Danger at SeaTHEMESNatureAnimal behavior parallels human experience. The Relativity of TruthPi grows comfortable with fables and the unknowable. Surviving the ImpossibleAlone, Pi relies on ingenuity, planning, and miracles. Religion & BeliefPi draws comfort from the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faiths. SymbolsπIrrational number representing science and mystery LifeboatRepresents Pis coming of age Algae IslandSymbolizes promise and treacheryMain CharactersPi PatelScholarly, pious narrator reflecting on and questioning his boyhood experienceRichard ParkerVicious Bengal tiger; shipwrecked with Pi and becomes his companion The Visiting WriterStruggling Canadian author; captures Pis storyMr. PatelPis father; intelligent zookeeper Mrs. PatelPis generous motherBlind FrenchmanPis adversary; fellow Pacific castaway he world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?Pi Patel, Chapter 99Sources: ABC News, British Council, Canadian Encyclopedia, The Guardian, IMDb, The Man Booker Prize, Writers Digest Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Yann Martel2001EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageLife of PiAdventure

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