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Pu Pu Platters & Pi

Come join us for what some say may be the best Chinese food in Dutchess county, while we indulge in what should prove to be a fantastical discussion of Yann Martel's, "The Life of Pi."

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"The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel; 336 pages

A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement "a story that will make you believe in God," as one character says. The peripatetic Pi (ne the much-taunted Piscine) Patel spends a beguiling boyhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper. Growing up beside the wild beasts, Pi gathers an encyclopedic knowledge of the animal world. His curious mind also makes the leap from his native Hinduism to Christianity and Islam, all three of which he practices with joyous abandon. In his 16th year, Pi sets sail with his family and some of their menagerie to start a new life in Canada. Halfway to Midway Island, the ship sinks into the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded on a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. After the beast dispatches the others, Pi is left to survive for 227 days with his large feline companion on the 26-foot-long raft, using all his knowledge, wits and faith to keep himself alive. The scenes flow together effortlessly, and the sharp observations of the young narrator keep the tale brisk and engaging. Martel's potentially unbelievable plot line soon demolishes the reader's defenses, cleverly set up by events of young Pi's life that almost naturally lead to his biggest ordeal. This richly patterned work, Martel's second novel, won Canada's 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. In it, Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master. Publishers Weekly

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  • Yasmin

    Very pleasant evening and good conversation.

    February 15, 2013

  • theresa

    Very enjoyable

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Six attended tonight, good discussion!

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm feeling a lot better today, and should be able to go.

    February 12, 2013

  • Yasmin

    Apologies for the late notice. If inconvenient, please let me know.

    February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The late notice of what?

      February 12, 2013

    • Yasmin

      For showing up tonight... was thinking of dinner reservations.

      February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Odds are I will not be able to make it either, will notify later today if so... Have been enjoying this book!

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a bad cold and unless I'm much better by tomorrow I probably wont be able to go to the MeetUp tomorrow (I'll probably still be contagious). Can anyone attending act as official host?

    February 11, 2013

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