Vida de Pi

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Pi Pattel es un joven que vive en Pondicherry, India, donde su padre es el propietario y encargado del zoológico de la ciudad. A los dieciséis años, su familia decide emigrar a Canadá y procurarse una vida mejor con la venta de los animales. Tras complejos trámites, los Pattel inician una travesía que se verá truncada por la tragedia: una terrible tormenta hace naufragar el barco en el que viajaban. En el inmenso océano Pacífico, una solitaria barcaza de salvamento continúa flotando a la deriva con cinco ...

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Overview

Pi Pattel es un joven que vive en Pondicherry, India, donde su padre es el propietario y encargado del zoológico de la ciudad. A los dieciséis años, su familia decide emigrar a Canadá y procurarse una vida mejor con la venta de los animales. Tras complejos trámites, los Pattel inician una travesía que se verá truncada por la tragedia: una terrible tormenta hace naufragar el barco en el que viajaban. En el inmenso océano Pacífico, una solitaria barcaza de salvamento continúa flotando a la deriva con cinco tripulantes: Pi, una hiena, un orangután, una cebra herida y un enorme macho de tigre de Bengala. Con inteligencia, atrevimiento y, obviamente, miedo, Pi tendrá que echar mano del ingenio para mantenerse a salvo mientras los animales tratan de ocupar su puesto en la cadena alimentaria y, a la postre, tendrá que defender su liderazgo frente al único que, previsiblemente, quedará vivo. Yann Martel consigue con talento, humor e imaginación un ejercicio narrativo que deleitará y sorprenderá al lector, que indiscutiblemente se verá atrapado hasta el asombroso e inesperado final.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786070714764
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 263,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Yann Martel

Yann Martel (1963) es canadiense pero, hijo de diplomáticos, nació en España y su infancia ha transcurrido en países como Francia, México y Alaska. Ya de adulto ha pasado temporadas en Irán, Turquía y la India. Estudió Filosofía en la Universidad de Trent y ha publicado el libro de relatos The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatio y la novela Self. Para Vida de Pi invirtió cuatro años que se han visto recompensados con el premio Booker, el favor de la crítica y cientos de miles de lectores en todo el mundo.

Biography

Sometime in the early 1990s, Yann Martel stumbled across a critique in The New York Times Review of Books by John Updike that captured his curiosity. Although Updike's response to Moacyr Scliar's Max and the Cats was fairly icy and indifferent, the premise immediately intrigued Martel. According to Martel, Max and the Cats was, "as far as I can remember... about a zoo in Berlin run by a Jewish family. The year is 1933 and, not surprisingly, business is bad. The family decides to emigrate to Brazil. Alas, the ship sinks and one lone Jew ends up in a lifeboat with a black panther." Whether or not the story was as uninspiring as Updike had indicated in his review, Martel was both fascinated by this premise and frustrated that he had not come up with it himself.

Ironically, Martel's account of the plot of Max and the Cats wasn't completely accurate. In fact, in Scliar's novel, Max Schmidt did not belong to a family of zookeepers -- he was the son of furrier. Furthermore, he did not emigrate from Berlin to Brazil with his family as the result of a failing zoo, but was forced to flee Hamburg after his lover's husband sells him out to the Nazi secret police. So, this plot that so enthralled Martel -- which he did not pursue for several years because he assumed Moacyr Scliar had already tackled it -- was more his own than he had thought.

Meanwhile, Martel managed to write and publish two books: a collection of short stories titled The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios in 1993 and a novel about gender confusion called Self in 1996. Both books sold only moderately well, further frustrating the writer. In an effort to collect his thoughts and refresh his creativity, he took a trip to India, first spending time in bustling Bombay. However, the overcrowded city only furthered Martel's feelings of alienation and dissolution. He then decided to move on to Matheran, a section near Bombay but without that city's dense population. In this peaceful hill station overlooking the city, Martel began revisiting an idea he had not considered in some time, the premise he had unwittingly created when reading Updike's review in The New York Times Review of Books. He developed the idea even further away from Max and the Cats. While Scliar's novel was an extended holocaust allegory, Martel envisioned his story as a witty, whimsical, and mysterious meditation on zoology and theology. Unlike Max Schmidt, Pi Patel would, indeed, be the son of a zookeeper. Martel would, however, retain the shipwrecked-with-beasts theme from Max and the Cats. During an ocean exodus from India to Canada, the ship sinks and Pi finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with such unlikely shipmates as a zebra, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

The resulting novel, Life of Pi, became the smash-hit for which Martel had been longing. Selling well over a million copies and receiving the accolades of Book Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, and, yes, The New York Times Review of Books, Life of Pi has been published in over 40 countries and territories, in over 30 languages. It is currently in production by Fox Studios with a script by master-of-whimsy Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children; Amélie) and directorial duties to be handled by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

Martel is now working on his third novel, a bizarrely allegorical adventure about a donkey and a monkey that travel through a fantastical world... on a shirt. Well, at least no one will ever accuse him of borrowing that premise from any other writer.

Good To Know

Life of Pi is not Yann Martel's first work to be adapted for the screen. His short story "Manners of Dying" was made into a motion picture by fellow Canadian resident Jeremy Peter Allen in 2004.

When he isn't penning modern masterpieces, Martel spends much of his time volunteering in a palliative care unit.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salamanca, Spain
    1. Education:
      B.A. in philosophy, Trent University, Ontario, 1986

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Life of pi

    It is a great book better than the movie its a must read and yes i like it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Gn bx

    Bonjour pi. I am learning to speak einglish book was great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Life of pi pattel..........julio ricardo gonalez martinez

    His real name in this mexican version

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    The third world country

    Starflight...leave the kit alone...come to miami gets res 1...
    Nightstream... Attack the rock hiter...
    Die and Dark...attack ear bite...
    Herbpaw...Heals the kit...
    Frostpaw...takes kit to miami gets res 1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Dawnlight

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Kit

    Scratches out of her grasp no stays there

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Falconpaw

    Shes at 'abda' only result. Shes sick.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Sparkledust

    Pulls the kit off. She eyes turn red and she bites the kits ears

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Kit

    Looks up at dawnlight

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Vida de pi

    It 's so sad:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    GREAT BOOK, BOOK REVEIW

    Viva la vida de Pi




    TROLLOLOLOLOL

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    Posted April 28, 2013

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