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