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Life of Pi
Contributor(s): Martel, Yann (Author)

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ISBN: 0156027321     ISBN-13: 9780156027328
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2003

Annotation: This brilliant novel combines the delight of Kipling's "Just So Stories" with the metaphysical adventure of "Jonah and the Whale, " as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with four wild animals. His knowledge and cunning allow him to coexist for 227 days with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2003041137
Age Level: 14-UP
Grade Level: 9-UP
Lexile Measure: 830(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.94" H x 5.31" W x 8" (0.60 lbs) 336 pages
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Nominee, Paperback, 2004
Review Citations: New York Times 05/04/2003 pg. 28
BookPage 06/01/2003 pg. 25
Entertainment Weekly 06/27/2014 pg. 22
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 65915
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 16.0
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Publisher Description:
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?

Contributor Bio(s): Martel, Yann: - Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. Life of Pi won the 2002 Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it spent 104 weeks on the list and was adapted to the screen by Ang Lee. He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.
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