Not surprisingly, this claim has been used by the publisher as a promotional hook.
One of the most talked about novels of the past few years, The Life of Pi, addresses itself to the demise of myth and meaning in our culture. Actually, this mesmerizing tale forces us to look myth and meaning square in the eye.
The Life of Pi starts out in India, a place where author Yann Martel has said all stories are possible. The narrative contains two mythic story lines, one so incredible as to be almost unbelievable, the other easy to believe but rarely seen in actuality.
One survivor is a year-old boy, Pi Patel; the other is a lb. Pi and the tiger live together for more than seven months in a foot lifeboat on the open seas. The possible, though highly uncommon tale concerns the same boy and his simultaneous belief in three religions: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.
Part of the magic of The Life of Pi is the wonderful insights that it gives into everyday life amongst lions, tigers, and elephants. For one, we learn that life in the zoo does not compare so badly to life in the wild. In the wild, food is scarce, governed by a strict hierarchy as to who eats and when.
Despite the absence of steel bars, the savanna limits its inhabitants with parasites and predators and jealously guarded hunting territories that inhibit the movement of members of the same species.
Pi, on the other hand, is a naturally pious person. His religious education begins with a grounding in the sights, smells, and rites of Hinduism, which are handed on to him by his maternal aunt. Later, he meets a Catholic priest, who teaches him about Love as the foundation of all being.
Finally, he encounters a Sufi who brings him into the brotherhood and devotion of Islam. Despite criticism from friends and family, and eventually from the very people who have taught him their ways, Pi clings to all three religions and refuses to give in to their pressure to choose one over the others.
One especially poetic section describes his love of Hinduism: With all of the arrangements made, the small family books passage on a freighter that will carry themselves and all of their belongings, plus the animals that are destined for zoos in North America.
Following him over the prow and into the small craft are a lb. What is clear is that Pi is the only human survivor of the shipwreck.
After the initial shock and seasickness wear off, the hyena starts to eat the zebra limb by limb. The orangutan comes next, which puts up a fight, but finally succumbs.
Not long afterwards the hyena is quickly dispatched, at the hands of Richard Parker. Pi goes into survival mode. He soon discovers a locker filled with enough food, water, and equipment to keep a frugal castaway alive for several months.
Conditioning the tiger through the methods of a ringmaster, Pi is able to get him to stay in one end of the boat.
In the absence of any books or other forms of entertainment, the boy comes to rely on his relationship with Richard Parker. It is interesting to note that the relationship of human to animal described in the section on zoos comes to life in real time on the open boat.
After seven months at sea, the boy and the tiger wash ashore on a beach in Mexico. The tiger rushes into the jungle nearby and the boy is rescued and taken to a hospital by local villagers.
At the hospital, two representatives from the shipping company that owned the sunken vessel visit Pi. He asks the men if they would prefer to hear the account without any animals in it and they say yes. Pi tells them an alternate version where he, his mother, and two crewmembers of the ship find themselves in a lifeboat after the ship goes down.
The narrative is a mirror of the previous one, only this time the four humans prey on each other.Yann Martel is the author of a short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and of four novels, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, Life of Pi (for which he was awarded the Man Booker Prize), and his latest, The High Mountains of Portugal/5(K).
The Life of Pi starts out in India, a place where author Yann Martel has said all stories are possible. The narrative contains two mythic story lines, one so incredible as to be almost unbelievable, the other easy to believe but rarely seen in actuality. Though the author who pens the Author’s Note never identifies himself by name, there are many clues that indicate it is Yann Martel himself, thinly disguised: he lives in Canada, has published two books, and was inspired to write Pi’s life story during a trip to India.
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