Piscine Molitor Patel, nicknamed Pi, lives in Pondicherry, India, where his family runs a zoo. Little Pi is a great reader. He devours books on Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, and to the surprise of his secular parents, becomes devoted to all three religions. When the parents decide to emigrate to Canada, the family boards a cargo ship with many of the animals that are going to new zoological homes in North America, and bravely sets sail for the New World.
Alas, the ship sinks. A solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the surface of the wild blue Pacific. In it are five survivors: Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
With intelligence, daring and inexpressible fear, Pi manages to keep his wits about him as the animals begin to assert their places in the foodchain; it is the tiger, Richard Parker, with whom he must develop an inviolable understanding.
Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is a transformative novel: a book to delight in, to talk about and treasure. It will convince the most jaded among us—and remind the rest—that something grander is afoot in our lives than we may have realized.
Mrs Salter’s review-
This is a must read, although I can’t convince everyone to read or finish. It’s an odd book, starting with a boy whose dad works taking care of the animals in a zoo. In these chapters I learned about keeping animals in zoos which was interesting on it’s own. Then the family go on a voyage with zoo animals taking them to another country. Disaster strikes and and now Pi must survive a very long, dangerous journey in a life raft. He is not alone at first.
I don’t want to give the story away but I will say this, the ending of this book was so unexpected that to me it was like being hit. I couldn’t comprehend the turn of events and yet now I can not imagine another ending.
I recommend this book to ANYONE over the age of 16 and encourage you to share your reading experience with me. This is a book that I will never bore with talking about.
*** movie coming out December 2012, check it out here at http://screenrant.com/life-of-pi-movie-images-ang-lee-sandy-167270/