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Life of Pi : Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002 - Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002

Paperback

Published: 4th October 2012
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The film tie-in edition to Ang Lee's groundbreaking 3D masterwork, set to take the world by storm.

One boy, one boat, one tiger... After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he travelled and worked at odds jobs before turning to writing. In addition to Life of Pi, he is the author of the novels Self and Beatrice and Virgil, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading? Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Disappointing

By cracker Jack

from north coast nsw Grafton

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    • Disappointing
    • Just Seems To Waffle On A

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      Comments about Life of Pi:

      Casual reading
      Always available
      Sometimes not in stock

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      Hype wagon cranks into motion once again

      By Kreig

      from Newman, WA

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          Comments about Life of Pi:

          This book came highly recommended, and touted as an instant classic. Apparently, the movie has also received rave revues. This may be due to the fact that first 1/3 - 1/2 of the book is glossed over in the first 20 minutes of the film. Makes for a good movie, telling mark of poorly-written novel around a fairly unique concept. Failed to hold my attention, was a struggle to maintain focus, and a climax just never arrived.

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          5.0

          Great stuff

          By Henry

          from Melbourne vic

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Not What I expected

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          • Older Readers
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          Comments about Life of Pi:

          Great positive way to life

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          4.0

          Really good read

          By Yerdal

          from Melbourne

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • The Start Is A Bit Slow

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          Comments about Life of Pi:

          Slow start, but really gets you thinking at the end.

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          * Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy The Times * A terrific book ... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore -- Margaret Atwood Sunday Times * A unique and original story, brilliantly told Guardian * Full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality Daily Telegraph * Ultimately uplifting Daily Mail * Extraordinary...Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life New York Times Book Review * Martel's engaging characterization and vivid description enliven and enrich this dreamy, fantastic tale The Times * Its appeal has endured, with a worldwide 'readalong' of the book next month and a moniker as a 'modern classic' to boot. The moniker, in this instance, is utterly deserved ... Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naive, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz -- Arifa Akbar Independent * Martel has a warm way of engaging with the reader -- Robert Burdock RobAroundBooks.com

          ISBN: 9780857865533
          ISBN-10: 0857865536
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 4th October 2012
          Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
          Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8  x 2.1
          Weight (kg): 0.25
          Edition Number: 1