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Yann Martel


Born
in Salamanca, Spain
June 25, 1963

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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—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.


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Average rating: 3.91 · 1,625,976 ratings · 59,527 reviews · 43 distinct worksSimilar authors
Life of Pi

3.93 avg rating — 1,577,559 ratings — published 2001 — 427 editions
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Beatrice and Virgil

3.17 avg rating — 21,065 ratings — published 2010 — 92 editions
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The High Mountains of Portugal

3.39 avg rating — 19,041 ratings — published 2016 — 24 editions
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The Facts Behind the Helsin...

3.50 avg rating — 3,549 ratings — published 1993 — 62 editions
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Self

3.44 avg rating — 2,949 ratings — published 1996 — 24 editions
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What is Stephen Harper Read...

3.82 avg rating — 481 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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We Ate the Children Last

3.51 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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101 Letters to a Prime Mini...

3.70 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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The Moon Above His Head

3.29 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2011
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Paul En Finlande

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“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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Jane and I were discussing The Morning News Tournament of Books during one of the weekly chats and we decided to pick one of the books from their list for our March read. I'm choosing a selection of books from the long list. (You can check out details on this yearly tournament here: http://www.themorningnews.org/article...). This poll will be open for one week. Last day to vote...Saturday, February 11.

 
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My Name Is Lucy Barton My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Elizabeth Strout
 
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The Fireman The Fireman by Joe Hill Joe Hill
 
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Commonwealth Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Ann Patchett
 
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All the Birds in the Sky All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders
 
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The Queen of the Night The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee Alexander Chee
 
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The Girls The Girls by Emma Cline Emma Cline
 
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The Wonder The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Emma Donoghue
 
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Margaret the First Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton Danielle Dutton
 
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The High Mountains of Portugal The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel Yann Martel
 
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