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Plot[ edit ] The novel begins with a note from the author, which is an integral part of it. Unusually, the note describes entirely fictional events. It serves to establish and enforce one of the book's main themes: Life of Pi is subdivided into three sections: Part one[ edit ] In the first section, the main character, by the name of Piscine Patel, an adult Canadianreminisces about his childhood in India.
His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry. The livelihood provides the family with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of animal psychology.
The narrator describes how he acquired his full name, Piscine Molitor Patel, as a tribute to the swimming pool in France.
After hearing schoolmates tease him by transforming the first name into "Pissing", he establishes the short form of his name as " Pi " when he starts secondary school.
The name, he says, pays tribute to the transcendental number which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In recounting his experiences, Pi describes several other unusual situations involving proper names: At the age of fourteen, he investigates Christianity and Islamand decides to become an adherent of all three religions, much to his parents' dismay, saying he "just wants to love God.
A few years later in Februaryduring the period when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares " The Emergency ", Pi's father decides to sell the zoo and immigrate with his wife and sons to Canada. Part two[ edit ] The second part of the novel begins with Pi's family aboard the Tsimtsum, a Japanese freighter that is Life of pi movie review animals from their zoo to North America.
A few days out of port from Manilathe ship encounters a storm and sinks. Pi manages to escape in a small lifeboatonly to learn that the boat also holds a spotted hyenaan injured Grant's zebraand an orangutan named Orange Juice.
Much to the boy's distress, the hyena kills the zebra and then Orange Juice. A tiger has been hiding under the boat's tarpaulin: Suddenly emerging from his hideaway, Richard Parker kills and eats the hyena.
Frightened, Pi constructs a small raft out of rescue flotation devices, tethers it to the bow of the boat and makes it his place of retirement. He begins conditioning Richard Parker to take a submissive role by using food as a positive reinforcer, and seasickness as a punishment mechanism, while using a whistle for signals.
Soon, Pi asserts himself as the alpha animal, and is eventually able to share the boat with his feline companion, admitting in the end that Richard Parker is the one who helped him survive his ordeal. Pi recounts various events while adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
At his lowest point, exposure renders him blind and unable to catch fish. In a state of deliriumhe talks with a marine "echo", which he initially identifies as Richard Parker having gained the ability to speak, but it turns out to be another blind castaway, a Frenchman, who boards the lifeboat with the intention of killing and eating Pi, but is immediately killed by Richard Parker.
Some time later, Pi's boat comes ashore on a floating island network of algae and inhabited by hundreds of thousands of meerkats.
Soon, Pi and Richard Parker regain strength, but the boy's discovery of the carnivorous nature of the island's plant life forces him to return to the ocean. Two hundred and twenty-seven days after the ship's sinking, the lifeboat washes onto a beach in Mexicoafter which Richard Parker disappears into the nearby jungle without looking back, leaving Pi heartbroken at the abrupt farewell.
Part three[ edit ] The third part of the novel describes a conversation between Pi and two officials from the Japanese Ministry of Transport, who are conducting an inquiry into the shipwreck. They meet him at the hospital in Mexico where he is recovering.
Pi tells them his tale, but the officials reject it as unbelievable. Pi then offers them a second story in which he is adrift on a lifeboat not with zoo animals, but with the ship's cook, a Taiwanese sailor with a broken leg, and his own mother.
The cook amputates the sailor's leg for use as fishing baitthen kills the sailor himself as well as Pi's mother for food, and soon he is killed by Pi, who dines on him. The investigators note parallels between the two stories.
They soon conclude that the hyena symbolizes the cook, the zebra the sailor, the orangutan Pi's mother, and the tiger represents Pi. Pi points out that neither story can be proven and neither explains the cause of the shipwreck, so he asks the officials which story they prefer: They eventually choose the story with the animals.
Pi thanks them and says: Major themes[ edit ] Life is a story[ edit ] Life of Pi, according to Yann Martel, can be summarized in three statements: You can choose your story A story with God is the better story. Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for?
Later, after he has been reduced to eking out a desperate existence on the lifeboat with the company of a fully grown tiger, Pi develops "alpha" qualities as he musters the strength, will and skills he needs to survive.The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories.
When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone.
I was once involved with a woman and we decided to stay in and watch a movie, she was a professional cheerleader who was interested in dancing, travel and working out, and the movie I chose was Pi. 45 minutes into one of the best movies I had ever seen she says, "I have absolutely no idea what's going on in this movie.
Life of Pi is a rare gem and it is worth seeing on the Life of Pi, is one of the best films to be released in many years. The story and visuals are beautiful, I shed a few tears and left the theatre touched and moved.
In Life of Pi, Yann Martel all but reinvented storytelling.
With a new novel on shelves and the whole world watching, can he do it again? by Jessica Strawser. The 4k version of this is stunning. Despite this not being a "true" 4k but in fact up scaled from a 2k intermediate, the sharpness in some of the interview scenes was nothing short of incredible.
LIFE OF PI is a beautiful, emotionally resonant tale of faith, friendship, and perseverance. A runaway bestseller when it was published in , Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi was long considered by many to be unfilmable.