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Everything about Pi and this novel about him is unusual. To begin with, his real name is Piscine Molitor Patel and he was named after a swimming pool in France. Justifiably jettisoning that jeer-stirring moniker, the newly re-christened Pi embarks with his family on a cargo ship; only to find himself soon stranded adrift with an unlikely crew, consisting of an opinionated orangutan, a hyena, a royal Bengal tiger, and a wounded zebra. What transpires on this teenager's sea-bound rite of passage delights readers and will soon please moviegoers as well: Life of Pi comes to screens nationwide in a Lee Ang-directed Twentieth Century Fox film on November 21st. This movie tie-in paperback brings a Discover Great New Writers selection that has already sold more than seven million copies to new audiences.