Inspired by the author's search for direction and purpose in his life, Life of Pi is a deeply meaningful and inspiring novel like no other. Having grown up working for his family's zoo in India and possessing a vast knowledge of animal behavior as a result, 16-year-old Pi Patel's life takes a dramatic turn when his father makes the decision to move the family owned zoo to Canada. When their Japanese ship sinks taking his family with it, Pi is suddenly alone on a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of companions - an orangutan, a hyena, a badly injured zebra, and a full-grown Bengal tiger. It doesn't take long before the tiger has killed the rest of Pi's fellow voyagers. It takes all of Pi's wits and knowledge to survive his harrowing 227 day journey across the Pacific Ocean with Richard Parker, the tiger who hopes to make a meal of him. His amazing and terrifying journey ends when the pair reaches Mexico and Pi's terrifying traveling companion disappears into the dense Mexican jungle. When Pi's tale is deemed too fantastic to believe by the Japanese authorities questioning him about the shipwreck, he crafts a more prosaic account. But is his second version of what transpired more accurate?
In Life of Pi, award winning author Yann Martel has crafted a tale unlike anything you've ever read before. Described by Barack Obama as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling", Life of Pi is one of those rare novels that is both breathtakingly profound and spiritually inspiring.
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? Download and start listening now!