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Life of Pi

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  950,057 Ratings  ·  40,024 Reviews
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan... and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years.
Paperback, UK, 319 pages
Published May 29th 2003 by Canongate Books (first published 2001)
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Arabella If you can't even spell the book's name right, I don't think is the right book for you. It was also challenging when I read it at the age of 12. So…moreIf you can't even spell the book's name right, I don't think is the right book for you. It was also challenging when I read it at the age of 12. So unless you have extensive vocabulary, I would wait.(less)

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Eva
Dec 04, 2013 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not so much that The Life of Pi, is particularly moving (although it is). It isn’t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once (which it is, as well). And it’s certainly not that Yann Martel’s vision filled passages are so precise that you begin to feel the salt water on your skin (even though they are). It is that, like Bohjalian and Byatt and all of the great Houdini’s of the literary world, in the last few moments of your journey – after yo ...more
Jason
LITTLE INDIAN BOY GOES ON WEIRD BOAT RIDE WITH MEAN CAT.
Trevor
Mar 05, 2008 Trevor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, religion
I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious. I tend to avoid the winners of the Man / Booker – they make me a little depressed. The only Carey I haven’t liked won the Booker (Oscar and Lucinda), I really didn’t like the little bit of Vernon God Little I read and I never finished The Sea despite really liking Banville’s writing. So, being told a book is a winner of the Booker tends to be a mark against it from the start, unfortunately.

I’m going to have to assume you have read this book, as if I
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Mary
Jan 24, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
It's not that it was bad, it's just that I wish the tiger had eaten him so the story wouldn't exist.

I read half of it, and felt really impatient the whole time, skipping whole pages, and then I realized that I didn't have to keep going, which is as spiritual a moment as I could hope to get from this book.
Kirstine
I was extremely surprised by this book. Let me tell you why (it's a funny story):

On the Danish cover it says "Pi's Liv" (Pi's Life), but I hadn't noticed the apostrophe, so I thought it said "Pis Liv" (Piss Life) and I thought that was an interesting title at least, so perhaps I should give it a go. So I did. And... what I read was not at all what I had expected (I thought it was a book about a boy in the Indian slums or something). It actually wasn't until I looked up the book in English I rea
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Malbadeen
Mar 23, 2008 Malbadeen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that can't get enough of Carl Jung and his wack-a-noodle ideas
Sift a pinch of psychology with a scant tablespoon of theology, add one part Island of the Blue Dolphin with two parts philosophy, mix with a pastry blender or the back of a fork until crumbly but not dry and there you have Pi and his lame-o, cheesed out, boat ride to enlightenment.
Actually I liked the beginning of this book- loved Pi's decleration and re-naming of himself, his adding religions like daisy's to a chain, and was really diggin on the family as a whole and then....then, then, then
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Jesse
Mar 25, 2013 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Annalisa
Feb 29, 2016 Annalisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs, thinkers
Recommended to Annalisa by: Crystalyn
I read this book two years ago, but when we discussed it this month for book club, I remembered how much I liked it. A good discussion always ups my appreciation of a novel as does an ending that makes me requestion my givens in the story. I find myself reading contradictory interpretations and agreeing with both sides. That's the beauty of symbolism: as long as you back up your cause, it's plausible.

Initially it took me several weeks to get into the book. The beginning reads more like a textboo
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Adrian Rush
Jun 06, 2008 Adrian Rush rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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s.penkevich
Aug 29, 2012 s.penkevich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for an uplifting, spiritual story
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Megan
’ Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness.

We have all heard the phrase ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.’ While this is a good life lesson, especially when taken as a metaphor that extends beyond books and into people, places, foods, etc., sometimes the cover of a novel is very telling of what lies within. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve. A quick glance at the cover shows the overzealous stamp of ‘Winner of the Man Booker Prize’, INTERNATIONAL BESTS
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Tiffany
Mar 16, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: atheists who want confirmation for their beliefs
Recommended to Tiffany by: media hype
Shelves: literature, 2008
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Teresa Jusino
Mar 24, 2013 Teresa Jusino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readandreviewed
On the surface, it's the story of a 16 year old Indian boy named "Pi" who, when he and his zookeeping family decide to transplant themselves and some animals to Canada, ends up stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-lb Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker."
Don't let the Rudyard Kipling-ness of the plot fool you! In reality, this book is an examination of faith in all its forms. Young Pi loves God, and to prove it he becomes Christian and Muslim in addition to his nat
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Jenny
Nov 30, 2007 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Huda Yahya

كي أكون صريحة
الرواية جيدة ولكنها تحمل قدرا لا يُستهان به من الزيف
هل كانت الرواية على مستوى فكرتها؟
هل استطاعت نقل العذوبة الكونية والتناغم الطبيعي
وهل أوفت وعدها بكونها سطور تجعلك تؤمن بالله؟

تعال لنعرف سوياً

في البداية يبدو الكاتب متكلفاً قليلاً بحيلة هزيلة سبقه إليها البعض
فيوهمك بأن الحكاية حقيقية
وتلاها عليه الهندي الحقيقي باي
وأنه مجرد سارد للأحداث
ًفجاءت الحيلة غير ناضجة دراميا

وبرغم محاكاته لقصة سبق وأن كتبها الروائي مواكير
والتي قدم الكاتب إليه إهداء الرواية
ظاناً ربما أنه بهذا يبرز ذكاءه

فيقول
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Richard Derus
UPDATE: Some will see this as good news...there is a movie based on this piffling 21st-century Kahlil Gibran ripoff, directed by Ang Lee, coming out...trailer here. As one can readily see, no smarm or treacle has been spared.


The whole world has a copy of this book, including me...but not for long. Over 10,000 copies of this on LT, so how many trees died just for our copies alone? Don't go into the forest, ladies and gents, the trees will be lookin' for revenge after they read this book.

There is
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Ted
As near as I can say, this should probably be 3.141592654 stars.

I was disappointed in this novel, but not really surprised at this. Rather I was somewhat prepared for it, because the ratings for it, specifically by my GR friends and reviewers (people I follow), are all over the place. While over half of these ratings are good (4s and 5s), fully 28% are bad (1s and 2s). This is the highest percent of bad ratings for a Booker award winner since 2000 among these people.

And, as indicated by my own r
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Megan
Aug 05, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the entire human race...
Shelves: mind-blown
“The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?”


Life is a story and the story of Pi Patel is one of the most extraordinary stories that I have read in awhile. The story begins before the fateful shipwreck that makes up most of the novel. Pi is a little boy who lives in India on a zoo that his father owns. Pretty much the greatest place to live as a kid is on a zoo. After watching W
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Mohammed Arabey
Jul 11, 2015 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One big journey into the Pacific Ocean ...it's just you ,an Indian small boy and a royal Bengal Tiger.
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But before you're thrown to that small life boat into the wide ocean...you learn so much about your companion Indian boy..his curiosity about life,the creator,Ultimate Reality,Brahman, God ,Allah.. His picking the best and the greatest manners of every religion Hinduism,Christianity, and Islam..
And his life in the quite Indian small city Pondicherry which was -for me- the best part of the book w
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❁ بــدريــه ❁


" حين يلتقي كائنان ، فإن الذي يستطيع تخويف
خصمه يعد متفوقا اجتماعياً، لذا فسلطة إتخاذ
القرار لا تعتمد دائماً على العراك، مجرد اللقاء في
بعض الحالات يكون كافياً "

اعتنق باي في طفولته ثلاث ديانات
( الهندوسية - المسيحية - الإسلام)
كان يبحث عن حل الله في الديانات الثلاث
رأى جانبا مشرقا في كل ديانة و وجد الراحة
داخل المعبد وفي أركان الكنيسة وبين جدران
المسجد
تضرع باسم الله وباسم المسيح وباسم الآلهة
الهندوسية كان يدعو بإسم عيسى وبإسم محمد
وبإسم فيشنا

"باي" غادر الهند مسافراً إلى كندا على
متن باخرة بر
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Apatt
Aug 03, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is not a story of a boy and his BFF tiger.
This is nothing like Calvin and Hobbes.
The tiger is nothing like Tigger or Lassie.
This is not a YA book.

That is worth pointing out I think, because the movie poster and trailer gave me this impression.

This book has teeth.

My initial thoughts on Life of Pi is that it is a book that demands to be read slowly due to a rambling nonlinear narrative in the first few chapters. Actually it is not, it can be read fairly quickly once you hit your stride with i
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Mashael Alamri
Mar 12, 2009 Mashael Alamri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated, favorites
هي رواية للأديب الكندي "يان مارتل", وحصدت جائزة "Man Booker" الأدبية في عام 2002؛ وهي جائزة ذات مستوى عالي تُقدَّم سنوياً لأفضل رواية كتبت باللغة الإنجليزية لأديب من دول الكومنولث أو من الجمهورية الأيرلندية, ترجمة لأربعين لغة وإلى العربية عام 2006



مقدمة الكتاب تخبرنا عن سر النهاية لو كنت أعلم لقرأته بعد الانتهاء من قراءة الرواية , لكن وبالرغم من معرفتنا لأحداث النهاية إلا أن الرواية لذيذة بشكل خرافي أحببتها حد أنني لم أستطيع الكتابة عنها بالرغم من مرور أكثر من أسبوعين على قراءتي لها , أغرق أنا في
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Here’s another book I read, but never reviewed. I’m going to give you a glimpse into my “creative process,” if you will, when it comes to reviewing.

First, I have to limber up . . .

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Then I rack my brain for inspiration . . . always making sure it’s super highbrow and spectacularly literary. In this case? This is a book about a boy . . .

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who survives a shipwreck only to find himself adrift on a life raft with an orangutan . . .

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a hyena . . .

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and a tiger . . .

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Commercial Photography.

Yep, that’s about as good as i
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Sarah
Jul 26, 2007 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think Life of Pi deserves the low 2 star rating I gave it. But how could I help myself, after Martel got my hopes so high in the beginning, only to dash them against metaphorical rocks in a metaphorical sea? I don't think Pi went through such pain as I did when I realized to my dismay that the middle and the end of the book didn't come close to the engaging, complex beginning. I loved the incorporation of the religious theme into Pi's life at the beginning. The time in the zoo set the st ...more
B0nnie
Nov 22, 2012 B0nnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yann Martel has said his inspiration for Life of Pi came from a Brazilian book called Max And The Cats A Novel by Moacyr Scliar. The premise of a boy sharing a lifeboat with a big cat is the same and it's an obvious connection. Other than this basic premise, I don't know how much the two books have in common.
But for tone and feel, I think the real inspiration for Martel is The Little Prince, a beautiful children's book with a philosophical subtext presented in a gentle whimsical manner. Both bo
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Shovelmonkey1
Apr 18, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lions and tigers and bear, oh my!
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: man booker
Shelves: 1001-books
Just had a nice chat with my friend Dr Nick about some things relating to books:

Nick "Let the right one in is a wicked film but I'm still not into vampires. Defo not Twilight."
Me "I'm still giving the Potter a wide berth too."

There then followed some random chatter about whether or not we avoid things that people like such as Potter/ Twilight/ Apple/ Facebook because we want to be different or because we are big sad saddos. No real conclusions were drawn at this point.

This was then followed in
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John
Apr 23, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend in Canada sent a hardback version of this book to me in 2001. I started reading it, after about 25 pages, I skipped ahead a few pages, a chapter, a bit here and there then put it down. I thought it was going to move slowly and seemed...a little too heavy post 9/11. In fall of 2003 I was leaving for a long trip through Mexico when I decided to pick up a few books to take with me. I saw the paperback and felt like the book was familiar and bought it and a couple others. I started to read ...more
Hend


"If we, citizens, do not support our artists,
then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing
and having worthless dreams."

Life of pi is the story of survival in the face of death ,and the struggle to live And the transition from modern civilization to the more primitive existence on the open ocean in a boat.

It is a madness that has the power that could make a normal human with decent and basic moral become a cannibalistic slaughterer. and how, a
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Paul Bryant
Aug 16, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Oh finally I get it. I read this a couple of years ago and it was supposed to be all about God. But no, it's not a religious allegory at all. It's about the collapse of communism. As the ocean liner of communism sinks under the weight of its own massive incompetence (a good idea, but the captain was drunk and the crew were sticky-fingered rascals), you leap overboard, clamber on to the only available boat (capitalism) only to find that there's a giant tiger on board which will eat you unless you ...more
عبدالعزيز المحيني
من أفضل الروايات التي قرأتها في حياتي
صراع مع التاريخ
صراع مع النفس
صراع مع الطبيعة
صراع مع العقل
وفي كل صراع يتغلب الإنسان على صعوبات الحياة.
اعتبر نهايتها عبقرية، خصوصا عندما يقص عليهم الفتى خبر ما حدث له من غرائب فلم يصدقونه، فيكذب ويقص عليهم قصة عادية فيصدقونها.

إنها رواية عن الإيمان، لم أقرأ لها مثيل.


يظهر يان مارتل تأثرا كبيرا برواية "روبنسون كروزو" للروائي البريطاني دانيال دافو، مع وجود مفارقات وتباينات الحقبات الزمانية، بين الأولى الأكثر كلاسيكية و"حياة باي" الأكثر حداثة.
فالشخصية المحورية
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Blair
Having finished this, I am finding myself feeling thoroughly ambivalent about it. I can't think of anything overwhelmingly positive or overhwelmingly negative to say in this review. It was just alright. I've read lots of books that could be described in the same way, but I expected more from this, particularly since it won the Booker prize.

The beginning - describing narrator Pi Patel's childhood in India, growing up surrounded by exotic, dangerous animals as the son of a zookeeper - is promising
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Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs ...more
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