Life of Pi

Yann Martel


Why Life of Pi and Sulphur Mountain

Life of Pi is a book that I really loved when I read it. It’s heartbreaking and magical all at the same time. The narrator, Pi, in a moment loses his family and must create a new existence with a full size tiger on a lifeboat. Pi tells two alternate stories of the shipwreck and lifeboat and it is up to the reader to decide what is true. This was a book that I had wanted to include so I’m glad I decided to squeeze in Canada. Yann Martel is Canadian born and Life of Pi was first published in Canada.

More About Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

The novel, which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide, was rejected by at least five London publishing houses before being accepted by Knopf Canada, which published it in September 2001. The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the following year.

A 2012 adaptation directed by Ang Lee and based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee was given a wide release in the United States on 21 November 2012. At the 85th Academy Awards it won four awards from eleven nominations, including Best Director.