Life of Pi Summary

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Life of Pi Summary

Life of Pi, by Yen Martel is a remarkable novel that twists together survival, companionship, and the power of god. Pi Patel, who has lived in Pondicherry, India his entire life grows up in peace- his father runs a zoo, and he follows Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism simultaneously. When his family moves to Canada, the ship sink and he is forced to board a lifeboat with a hyena, a tiger, a zebra, and a orangutan. Left with only emergency rations, Pi is able to survive 227 days on the ocean. Narrated by Pi himself, this true story, as Yann Martel puts it, will make one believe in god.

Part One starts out with Pi, or Piscine Molitor Patel narrating from a later age, looking back at his childhood. The book takes place in Pondicherry, South India, where Pi's father runs and owns a zoo. This gives him some background knowledge, which saves his life later in the book. As a teenager, Pi, was named after a pool, and he learned to swim at the age of three. Pi describes his family- his teasing brother, his father, and his mother. He introduces, Mamaji, his father's business friend who he is friends with and looks up to. Growing up in a zoo, Pi finds his life a paradise, recalling his life and interactions with all the animals. Claiming that animals need their personal territory and a zoo is a luxury for animals, Pi then tries to convince the reader that zoos aren't bad for the animals. He also talks briefly about his name, and how much all his classmates used to make fun of him, calling him Pissing Patel forcing him to change it to Pi.

Pi, who by then is an young, adolescent teen, then talks about his experience with religion. Born into a vegetarian Hindu family, Pi was always amazed with Hinduism and its rituals and prasads (religious offerings). Then, at the age of fourteen, he enters a church for the first time, and instantly becomes glued to Christianity.. Then, Pi meets Mr. Kumar, a Muslim devotee, and becomes inspired to join Islam. When...
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