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Author's Note In 1996 the visiting writer is struggling to sell books in Canada. Restless, he flies to Bombay, India, to work on a nov... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 1–3 Pi Patel begins Part 1 by writing, "My suffering left me sad and gloomy," but adds academic studies at the University ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 4–6 In 1954 Pondicherry enters the Union of India. A portion of the Pondicherry Botanical Garden is set aside for a zoo, w... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–9 Young Pi has several excellent teachers, including Mr. Satish Kumar, who teaches biology. An odd-looking and intellige... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 10–12 Animals will occasionally escape from zoos, Pi says, especially if the zoo habitat is unsuitable. Besides, all living ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 13–15 Pi explains the importance of territorial dominance to animals. A lion tamer in a circus, he says, succeeds by establi... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 16–18 Pi believes we're all born in limbo "until some figure introduces us to God." He tells how he went to a Hindu temple w... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 19–22 Pi continues to visit the baker and learns more about Islam, which he calls "a beautiful religion of brotherhood and d... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 23–25 Teenage Pi hides his practice of three faiths from his parents. Mr. Patel is secular, priding himself in his modern vi... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 26–28 Teenage Pi tells his father he'd like to be baptized and receive a prayer rug. Both his parents are mystified by Pi's ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 29–31 Pi describes the mid-1970s, the decade when he was a teenager, as "troubled times in India." As a 16-year-old he didn'... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 32–33 Animals can come to unusual living arrangements if necessary, explains Pi, through a process called zoomorphism—where ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 34–36 As they prepare to move to Canada, the Patels sell the zoo. They need to find homes for all the animals at other zoos ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 37–39 Part 2 begins with an overview of the events that Pi will retrace with more detail in the following chapters. As Part ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 40–42 Pi is now in the water, having jumped off the lifeboat to escape Richard Parker as readers saw in Part 2, Chapter 37. ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 43–45 Seeing a patch of oil from the ship, Pi thinks some official must have been notified of the shipwreck and will be comi... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 46–48 Pi's second night at sea is one of the nights he suffers the most. Though the sunset is extraordinarily beautiful, he ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 49–52 Convinced he can't possibly survive, Pi suddenly feels relieved. He wants to find his most immediate need—fresh water—... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 53–56 Despite his earlier happiness at finding supplies, Pi feels desperate when he wakes the next day. He thinks of his onc... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 57–60 Richard Parker observes Pi from the boat. The tiger snorts through his nostrils, a call known as prusten expressing "f... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 61–62 The next day Pi attempts to fish, using his shoe as bait. The attempt doesn't go well. He tries and fails to catch a s... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 63–69 Pi tells the reader of other castaways who survived long periods at sea. He himself survives 227 days, over seven mont... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 70–77 Pi's first time butchering a turtle is a challenge. He gathers the blood to drink himself, then tosses the rest of the... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 78–82 Pi describes the "many skies" and "many seas" of the Pacific Ocean. The winds, nights, and moons also offer diversity ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 83–89 One cloudy afternoon the sea swells rise to heights Pi has never seen before. The sea anchors barely keep the lifeboat... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 90–94 Pi worries for Richard Parker's health. They are both eating slowly. Pi's eyes begin to sting and ooze with pus, and s... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 95–100 As Part 3 begins the visiting writer introduces Mr. Okamoto and Mr. Chiba. They are the officials in the Japanese Mini... Read More
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