Life of Pi
host, Mr Patel, Yann Martel, member from the audience
host: (face the audience) Welcome to today's show where here we have the novel Life of Pi (point to the novel on desk) and the author and protagonist, Mr. Yann Martel and Mr. Pi Patel (gesture towards the author and Pi), where we are going to discuss the perils and comedy of being stranded at sea. (face the author) Hello Mr. Martel, So you are currently living in Costa Rica or was it France? Was it Mexico? It seems like you have been all over the world like Mr. Patel.
Yann Martel: Actually I was born in Spain and spent my childhood in Costa Rica, France, and Mexico and eventually ended up living in Canada. Where do you currently live?
host: um, I'm supposed to ask the questions, remember?
Yann Martel: Yea, sure.
host: In your author's note you wrote that you found your protagonist all the way in Pondicherry, India?
Yann Martel: This book was born when I was hungry. I was your typical struggling author. My first book did not fare well. I was feeling and restless and i had little money. So I flew to Bombay to find some inspiration for my novel. Some how I found Piscine through locals and tea shops. They all told me that he was the man with a story. So naturally i scratched my original idea of 1939 Portugal and began to write my notes for what would become this novel.
host: That seems like quite the tale. What led you to pursue this story?
Yann Martel: I called for Mr. Patel and asked him about the ordeal and he sent me the Japanese reports and tape recorder. (pause)(look at the audience) It will make you look at everyday objects from a different perspective. But you should definitely read the novel to receive and understand the full effect.
host: you sound really proud.
Yann Martel: What can I say. It's an incredible novel that is written in first person through the eyes of Mr. Patel and any inaccuracies or...