Life of Pi – an adventure of a lifetime


“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Imagine being a 16 year old boy stuck on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for

Life of Pi illustrated version

227 days with a hyena, a zebra, female orangutan and a giant Bengal Tiger for company? Well if it’s beyond your imagination, then it’s time to read Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

From Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac’s illustrated version of Life of Pi

The book won Martel the coveted Man Booker Prize in 2002 and revolves around Piscine Molitor   Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who is the lone survivor when the ship carrying his family, who are migrating to Canada, sinks.  His father had owned a zoo in Pondicherry and after selling off many of the animal in it, they decide to take a few with them to Canada.  And it is with some of these animals that Pi finds himself stranded on a life boat in the middle of the ocean

The plot of the story may not seem like much but the style in which the author has gone into intricate details of the day to day happenings on a life boat is just fantastic imagination. For a long while I was convinced the story is a true one because of the manner in which it is told.

The story is narrated through Piscine Molitor   Patel who is now a middle aged married man with children who is settled in Canada.

It’s a book that both children and adults can enjoy.


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