Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a. Introduction to the novel. The narrators. This novel is the story of an Indian boy, Piscine Molitor Patel, who chooses to be known as Pi. The story has two. years after the publication of his second book in Pi's . Life of Pi can be characterized as a postcolonial novel, because of its post-Independence Indian.
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Yann Martel: Life of Pi life of pi. A NOVEL author's note. This book was born as I was Books lined the shelves of bookstores like kids standing in a row to play. PDF | This analysis of Yann Martel's Life of Pi examines extraordinary elements of this famed novel; it examines it as an avant-garde montage, a new fable. Editorial Reviews. portal7.info Review. Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi. New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
Plot[ edit ] The novel begins with a note from the author, which is an integral part of it. Unusually, the note describes entirely fictional events. It serves to establish and enforce one of the book's main themes: the relativity of truth. Life of Pi is subdivided into three sections: Part one[ edit ] In the first section, the main character, by the name of Piscine Patel, an adult Canadian , reminisces about his childhood in India. His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry.
It serves to establish and enforce one of the book's main themes: the relativity of truth.
Life of Pi is subdivided into three sections: Part one[ edit ] In the first section, the main character, by the name of Piscine Patel, an adult Canadian , reminisces about his childhood in India. His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry. The livelihood provides the family with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of animal psychology.
The narrator describes how he acquired his full name, Piscine Molitor Patel, as a tribute to the swimming pool in France. After hearing schoolmates tease him by transforming the first name into "Pissing", he establishes the short form of his name as " Pi " when he starts secondary school.
The name, he says, pays tribute to the transcendental number which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In recounting his experiences, Pi describes several other unusual situations involving proper names: two visitors to the zoo, one a devout Muslim , and the other a committed atheist, bear identical names; and a pound tiger at the zoo bears the name Richard Parker as the result of a clerical error, in which human and animal names were reversed.
At the age of fourteen, he investigates Christianity and Islam , and decides to become an adherent of all three religions, much to his parents' dismay, saying he "just wants to love God". A few years later in February , during the period when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares " The Emergency ", Pi's father decides to sell the zoo and emigrate with his wife and sons to Canada.
Part two[ edit ] The second part of the novel begins with Pi's family aboard the Tsimtsum, a Japanese freighter that is transporting animals from their zoo to North America. A few days out of port from Manila , the ship encounters a storm and sinks.
Pi manages to escape in a small lifeboat , only to learn that the boat also holds a spotted hyena , an injured Grant's zebra , and an orangutan named Orange Juice.
Much to the boy's distress, the hyena kills the zebra and then Orange Juice. A tiger has been hiding under the boat's tarpaulin : it is Richard Parker, who had boarded the lifeboat with ambivalent assistance from Pi himself some time before the hyena attack. Suddenly emerging from his hideaway, Richard Parker kills and eats the hyena.
Frightened, Pi constructs a small raft out of rescue flotation devices, tethers it to the bow of the boat and makes it his place of retirement. He begins conditioning Richard Parker to take a submissive role by using food as a positive reinforcer, and seasickness as a punishment mechanism, while using a whistle for signals. Soon, Pi asserts himself as the alpha animal, and is eventually able to share the boat with his feline companion, admitting in the end that Richard Parker is the one who helped him survive his ordeal.
Pi recounts various events while adrift in the Pacific Ocean. At his lowest point, exposure renders him blind and unable to catch fish. In a state of delirium , he talks with a marine "echo", which he initially identifies as Richard Parker having gained the ability to speak, but it turns out to be another blind castaway, a Frenchman, who boards the lifeboat with the intention of killing and eating Pi, but is immediately killed by Richard Parker.
Some time later, Pi's boat comes ashore on a floating island network of algae and inhabited by hundreds of thousands of meerkats.
Soon, Pi and Richard Parker regain strength, but the boy's discovery of the carnivorous nature of the island's plant life forces him to return to the ocean. Two hundred and twenty-seven days after the ship's sinking, the lifeboat washes onto a beach in Mexico , after which Richard Parker disappears into the nearby jungle without looking back, leaving Pi heartbroken at the abrupt farewell. Part three[ edit ] The third part of the novel describes a conversation between Pi and two officials from the Japanese Ministry of Transport, who are conducting an inquiry into the shipwreck.
They meet him at the hospital in Mexico where he is recovering. Pi tells them his tale, but the officials reject it as unbelievable.
Pi then offers them a second story in which he is adrift on a lifeboat not with zoo animals, but with the ship's cook, a Taiwanese sailor with a broken leg, and his own mother.
The cook amputates the sailor's leg for use as fishing bait , then kills the sailor himself as well as Pi's mother for food, and soon he is killed by Pi, who dines on him. The investigators note parallels between the two stories.
They soon conclude that the hyena symbolizes the cook, the zebra the sailor, the orangutan Pi's mother, and the tiger represents Pi. Pi points out that neither story can be proven and neither explains the cause of the shipwreck, so he asks the officials which story they prefer: the one without animals or the one with animals.
They eventually choose the story with the animals. Pi thanks them and says: "And so it goes with God. Major themes[ edit ] Life is a story[ edit ] Life of Pi, according to Yann Martel, can be summarized in three statements: "Life is a story You can choose your story A story with God is the better story. Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Later, after he has been reduced to eking out a desperate existence on the lifeboat with the company of a fully grown tiger, Pi develops "alpha" qualities as he musters the strength, will and skills he needs to survive.
In this book, Richard Parker is a mutineer who is stranded and eventually cannibalized on the hull of an overturned ship and there is a dog aboard who is named Tiger. The author also had in mind another occurrence of the name, in the famous legal case R v Dudley and Stephens where a shipwreck again results in the cannibalism of a cabin boy named Richard Parker, this time in a lifeboat.
Having read about these events, Yann Martel thought, "So many victimized Richard Parkers had to mean something. Scliar's story describes a Jewish-German refugee crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a jaguar in his boat. Literary reviews have described the similarities between Life of Pi and Max and the Cats as superficial.
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He was born in Salamanca, Spain in the year of He was born of Canadian parents who joined Canadian Foreign service. He also travelled Iran, India and Turkey as an adult. It is anawe-inspiring survival story with an overarching perspective of religion.
This novel tends to change certain perspective of its reader. It is a story of a teenage boy, Pi Patel, who survives with a pounds Royal Bengal Tiger for days, just on a lifeboat, following with various anti-survival elements. This is a hard to believe story for the readers as well as for characters in the novel, yet fantastic.
Because the three have never come together in your narrow, limited experience, you refuse to believe that they might, yet the plain fact is that the Tsimtsum brought them together and they sank.
It was about a zoo run by a Jewish family in Berlin who decides to immigrate to Brazil because of bad business. Because of a shipwreck one Jew ends up in a lifeboat with a black panther.
His inspiration was India. The peace of place is blessed and utterly un-Indian. Suddenly, my mind was exploding with ideas In jubilant minutes whole portions of the novel emerged fully formed: the lifeboat, the animals and religions, lent itself to such a story. Manish Kumar Gaurav. ISSN: Int. He tried to get into the Indianness of his protagonist and explored urban setting for his novel. He also spent a year and a half in Canada for research. Life of Pi is a novel about a boy Piscine Molitor Patel, known as Pi, who, with his family, leaves his home in Pondicherry along with his family due to some political stress in order to shift to Canada.
They travel with all the animals in their zoo and unfortunately Tsimtsum, their ship, sinks and Pi is separated from his family. The tragedy is such that his whole family dies in the shipwreck and Pi is left with a zebra, a hyena and a ponds male Bengal tiger in a life boat. Later orang-utan joins them. Hyena kills the zebra and orang-utan, and later, tiger kills the hyena.
Pi is left with Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger. Yet, he survives. Then we are told that the narrator that is Pi was saved.
It is clear that some tragedy had taken place. Nature and the source of tragedy are not clear. This creates suspense and arouses interest of the reader.
We are left to think who Richard Parker is and what might have happened. This technique is appreciable.
Further we come to know about his study of zoology and religion. His life in Pondicherry zoo was interesting.
He came to know about the nature of animal. After this comes a very interesting perspective of Pi about the freedom of animals. This perspective of his tends to change the mind of the reader. According to Pi animals are free in zoo, they live like a king, they get proper care, food in time and also medications whereas in wild they are not sure of the food and care, medication is not possible, they have to strife for food and protect themselves of danger. They cannot rest in peace a there will always be a danger of being eaten up or killed.
Yes the boundary is restricted in a zoo, one cannot go beyond, but one thing is true that if an animal is asked to make a choice between a zoo and wild. It will most probably choose zoo. Obviously, we are more comfortable in our home and not in wild. We humans, live in a zoo enclosure named house. He called Francis, mamaji. He was a champion competitive swimmer, the champion of all South India.
Pi was named after a swimming pool, Piscine Molitor. Doubt is useful for a while Chose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. He believes in science and Pi appreciates that he is not in any doubt. Science and religion goes hand in hand in the novel.