The Tiger on the Raft

Topics: Yann Martel, Canada Reads, Man Booker Prize Pages: 4 (1175 words) Published: February 3, 2013
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The novel was rejected by at least five London publishing houses[1] before being accepted by Knopf Canada, which published it in September 2001. The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the following year.[2][3][4] It was also chosen for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2003, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee.[5] The French translation, L'histoire de Pi, was chosen in the French version of the contest, Le combat des livres, where it was championed by Louise Forestier.[6] The novel won the 2003 Boeke Prize, a South African novel award. In 2004, it won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001–2003.[7] In 2012 it was adapted into a theatrical feature film directed by Ang Lee with a screenplay by David Magee. Contents [hide]

1 Plot
2 Inspiration
3 Narrative structure
4 Characters
4.1 Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel
4.2 Richard Parker
5 Setting
6 Reception
7 Adaptations
7.1 Illustrated edition
7.2 Film adaptation
7.3 Theatrical adaptations
8 References
9 Bibliography
10 External links

Life of Pi is divided into three sections. In the first section, the main character, Pi, an adult, reminisces about his childhood. He was named Piscine Molitor Patel after a swimming pool in France. He changes his name to "Pi" when he begins secondary school, because he is tired of being taunted with the nickname "Pissing Patel". His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry, providing Pi with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of animal psychology.[8] Pi is raised a Hindu, but as a fourteen-year-old he is introduced to Christianity and Islam, and starts...
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