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Life of Pi

Sunday Times, May 2002, reviewed by Margaret Atwood
Yann Martel’s third work of fiction, Life of Pi, is a terrific book. It's fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore.

Guardian, 25 May, 2002
This enormously lovable novel is suffused with wonder. It[probes] the imaginative realm with scientific exactitude, twisting reality to 'bring out its essence'.

Financial Times, May 2002
Absurd, macabre, deeply sensual- suggests Conrad and Rushdie hallucinating together over the meaning of The Old Man and the Sea and Gulliver's Travels.

Scotland on Sunday, May 2002, reviewed by Michel Faber
Life of Pi is a great adventure story, the sort that comes along rarely. It is also rich in metaphysics, beautifully written, moving and funny.

The Times, May 2002
So magical, so playful, so harrowing and astonishing... Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy.

Like its noteworthy ancestors (Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, the Ancient Mariner and Moby Dick) Life of Pi is a tale of disaster at sea. Both a boys' own adventure (for grown-ups) and a meditation on faith and the value of religious metaphor, it was one of the most extraordinary and original novels of 2002. The only survivor from the wreck of a cargo ship on the Pacific, 16 year old Pi spends 221 days on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger called Richard Parker.

About the Author
Yann Martel was born in Spain but currently lives in Montreal. He is the hugely acclaimed author of Self, a novel, and of the story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios.


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I was given this book last Christmas along with several others and I really ought to have put it higher on my reading list! People had advised me that the first part could get a bit tedious and its true that I did want to get to the shipwrecked bit, but the background was important. The language is very convincingly colonial indian and nips along. At times it was very funny and for someone who visualises very well the images were great. Twist at the end? Not sure really. I did enjoy this book very much.

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