Hip and Well Read: Life of Pi

  • June 27, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

The people have spoken, our poll winner is determined.

For our June meetup we will be reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?
Life of Pi is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:

City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores 
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, more than 3 no shows in a row will result in a temporary ban from RSVP-ing until you can assure me you will actually attend.  We are having far too many people RSVP and then not showup and people changing their RSVP at the last possible minute preventing other members from being able to attend.

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.


Happy Reading!

Michelle

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  • Jessica

    Another great meetup as always. Nice to see a bunch of new faces this time, too!

    June 28, 2012

  • Michelle

    Thanks for sharing Gary! And thanks for all of your insightful points and references. Great to meet you!

    June 28, 2012

  • Michelle

    Good talkative group. Lot's of great new people. Always a joy even if The Cafe was way too loud. Thanks everyone!

    June 28, 2012

  • Gary

    Info on the Whaleship Essex. The original book was by the First Mate, Owen Chase. There is a new book (which I haven't read yet) based on the account of one of the cabin boys: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. The newer book is probably an easier read. You can get the Shackleton Story on Kindle for free. It's called "South".

    June 27, 2012

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