Yann Martel: Life of Pi life of pi. A NOVEL author's note. This book was born as I was Books lined the shelves of bookstores like kids standing in a row to play. PDF | This analysis of Yann Martel's Life of Pi examines extraordinary elements of this famed novel; it examines it as an avant-garde montage, a new fable. Editorial Reviews. noititsojunchawk.cf Review. Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi. New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
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Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a. Introduction to the novel. The narrators. This novel is the story of an Indian boy, Piscine Molitor Patel, who chooses to be known as Pi. The story has two. years after the publication of his second book in Pi's . Life of Pi can be characterized as a postcolonial novel, because of its post-Independence Indian.
They cannot rest in peace a there will always be a danger of being eaten up or killed. Yes the boundary is restricted in a zoo, one cannot go beyond, but one thing is true that if an animal is asked to make a choice between a zoo and wild. It will most probably choose zoo.
Obviously, we are more comfortable in our home and not in wild.
We humans, live in a zoo enclosure named house. He called Francis, mamaji. He was a champion competitive swimmer, the champion of all South India. Pi was named after a swimming pool, Piscine Molitor. Doubt is useful for a while Chose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. He believes in science and Pi appreciates that he is not in any doubt. Science and religion goes hand in hand in the novel.
There is another Mr. Kumar, he is a Muslim, and because of his influence Pi started to follow Islam. Pi was a Hindu from birth but he followed Islam and Christianity as well. The writer has given a description of his house. In the entrance hall hangs a framed picture of Ganesha He is the lord overcomer of obstacles, the God of good luck, the God of Wisdom, the patron of learning In the living room Next to it is a framed photo of the black robed Kaaba, holiest sanctum of Islam.
Application of science is witnessed when Pi creates his own boundary and he trains Richard Parker by repeating the whistle sound and changing the direction of boat which causes him sea sickness.
Pi Patel was out of the zoo enclosure and as an animal in wild he has to be aware of each and every step he takes. Yann Martel has used here an interesting technique, he uses logic so that a reader believes that a man has survived with the tiger, yes it is fictional, but while reading the novel there is an image created and it appears to be real. He also mentions in between the novel many times his philosophy of life. There were many elements of his survival but fear had the most important part in it.
It was because of Richard Parker that Pi survived. It is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose, I dare say even wholeness. He kept me from thinking too much about my family and my tragic circumstances.
He pushed me to go on living. I hated him for it, yet at the same time I was grateful. I am grateful. He can go to the extent of eating up a human being. There remains no difference between an animal and a human when it comes to survival. Survival of the fittest, this is the law of nature. He kills various turtles to train Richard and uses his urine to mark his own territory. There remains no difference between him and the animal in the lifeboat.
His humanity lowers by the end of his story. Hope was the other important thing which kept him alive but towards the end we see it fading.
The French man was a great relief to him, he found some human company, someone to listen to and talk to after so long a time. The Pacific Ocean turned both of them blind in fact the tiger also. The Frenchman had no good purpose. Pi further used his flesh for the bait, he was really guilty of what he did and he tells the writer that till this time he prays for his soul.
Pi also visits a carnivorous island. Reader is not sure that this was a real incident or just a hallucination. But whatever this was it quiet strengthened both Pi and Parker for the further journey.
They reached Mexico where Parker faded away in the jungle without a gesture of goodbye to Parker. This thing hurts Pi the most till date. He was rescued and brought to the hospital. There is another marvellous turn where the writer leaves the reader to decide which of the two stories was true. The one with animals or the other he told to the Japanese officials.
They eventually choose the story with the animals. Pi thanks them and says: "And so it goes with God.
Major themes[ edit ] Life is a story[ edit ] Life of Pi, according to Yann Martel, can be summarized in three statements: "Life is a story You can choose your story A story with God is the better story. Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for?
Later, after he has been reduced to eking out a desperate existence on the lifeboat with the company of a fully grown tiger, Pi develops "alpha" qualities as he musters the strength, will and skills he needs to survive. In this book, Richard Parker is a mutineer who is stranded and eventually cannibalized on the hull of an overturned ship and there is a dog aboard who is named Tiger.
The author also had in mind another occurrence of the name, in the famous legal case R v Dudley and Stephens where a shipwreck again results in the cannibalism of a cabin boy named Richard Parker, this time in a lifeboat. Having read about these events, Yann Martel thought, "So many victimized Richard Parkers had to mean something. Scliar's story describes a Jewish-German refugee crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a jaguar in his boat. Literary reviews have described the similarities between Life of Pi and Max and the Cats as superficial.
Reviewer Peter Yan wrote: "Reading the two books side-by-side, one realizes how inadequate bald plot summaries are in conveying the unique imaginative impact of each book,"  and noted that Martel's distinctive narrative structure is not found in Scliar's novella.
The themes of the books are also dissimilar, with Max and the Cats being an allegory for Nazism. This technique of the intrusive narrator adds the documentary realism to the book, setting up, like a musical counter-point, the myth-making, unreliable narrator , Pi. The reader is left to ponder at the end whether Pi's story is an allegory of another set of parallel events.
The Patel Family's discussions of the political situation refer to the Emergency period of the mids, when Indira Gandhi 's administration ruled by decree, curtailed press freedoms, and imprisoned political opponents. Pondicherry is a former French colony in India. The Botanical Garden had a zoo in but did not have any animals bigger than a deer. Munnar , the destination for the Patel family's vacation, is a small but popular hill station in Kerala.
Madurai , also referenced in the novel, is a popular tourist and pilgrimage site in Tamil Nadu. Characters[ edit ] Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel[ edit ] He acquires layer after layer of diverse spirituality and brilliantly synthesizes it into a personal belief system and devotional life that is breathtaking in its depth and scope.
His youthful exploration into comparative religion culminates in a magnificent epiphany of sorts. He was named after a swimming pool in Paris , despite the fact that neither his mother nor his father particularly liked swimming.
The story is told as a narrative from the perspective of a middle-aged Pi, now married with his own family, and living in Canada. At the time of main events of the story, he is sixteen years old. He recounts the story of his life and his day journey on a lifeboat when his ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during a voyage to North America.
A Bengal tiger Richard Parker is a royal Bengal tiger who is stranded on the lifeboat with Pi when the ship sinks. Richard Parker lives on the lifeboat with Pi and is kept alive with the food and water Pi delivers.
Richard Parker develops a relationship with Pi that allows them to coexist in their struggle. In the novel, a hunter named Richard Parker is hired to kill a panther thought to have killed seven people within two months. Instead, he accidentally immobilizes a female Bengal tiger with tranquilizer darts while her cub is caught hiding in a bush.
Parker names the cub Thirsty after his enthusiasm when drinking from a nearby river. The paperwork that accompanies the shipment of the two tigers to Pi's family's zoo in Pondicherry states that the cub's name is "Richard Parker" and the hunter's given name is "Thirsty" and his surname is "None Given", due to a mix-up with the names.
Pi's father finds the story so amusing that they continue to call the tiger "Richard Parker". Reception[ edit ] Brian Bethune of Maclean's describes Life of Pi as a "head-scratching combination of dense religious allegory, zoological lore and enthralling adventure tale, written with warmth and grace".
President Barack Obama wrote a letter directly to Martel, describing Life of Pi as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling. Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen as the illustrator for the new edition, which was published in September At the 85th Academy Awards , it won four awards from eleven nominations, including Best Director. Theatrical adaptations[ edit ] This novel has also been adapted as a play by Keith Robinson, artistic director of the youth-oriented Twisting Yarn Theatre Company.
Andy Rashleigh wrote the adaptation, which was directed by Keith Robinson. Keith Robinson also directed a second version of the play. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 January The Guardian.