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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."


New movie released in Nov. 2012








482 pages

Yann Martel





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  • David K.

    Good ...small group

    December 4, 2013

  • David K.

    Only three people signed up...looks like a disaster coming....oh no...I'll be talking to the great void ....guess I 'll bring a magazine

    November 19, 2013

    • David K.

      I finished to book and am somewhat amazed no one can make the discussion. Very tricky ending

      November 19, 2013

    • Marci Blaine R.

      I'm going to be here.

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to attend as I have been given tickets to a concert in Indiana. Maybe next time.

    November 17, 2013

  • Chris James B.

    So wish I could attend. Life of Pi is the only book I’ve encountered in my life that I read once, put down for a couple of days, and then read cover-to-cover again—and I have an M.A. in English Lit. The movie is a phenomenal adaptation, too. Sorry to miss the meetup.


    November 15, 2013

  • David K.

    The First post had the wrong date sorry

    August 11, 2013

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