Vida de Pi (Life of Pi)

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Pi Pattel es un joven que vive en la India. Su padre es el propietario y encargado del zoológico de su ciudad, pero deciden emigar a Canadá y procurarse una vida mejor con la venta de los animales. Tras complejos trámites, la familia Pattel inicia una travesía que se verá truncada por la tragedia: una terrible tormenta hace naufragar el barco donde viajan, y Pi acaba compartiendo una suerte de bote salvavidas con un grupo de animales en ellos, un tigre de Bengala.

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Overview

Pi Pattel es un joven que vive en la India. Su padre es el propietario y encargado del zoológico de su ciudad, pero deciden emigar a Canadá y procurarse una vida mejor con la venta de los animales. Tras complejos trámites, la familia Pattel inicia una travesía que se verá truncada por la tragedia: una terrible tormenta hace naufragar el barco donde viajan, y Pi acaba compartiendo una suerte de bote salvavidas con un grupo de animales en ellos, un tigre de Bengala.

Pi tendrá que echar mano del ingenio para sobrevivir mientras los animales se ocupan de ocupar puesto en la cadena de alimentación y, a la postre, tendrá que defender su liderazgo frente al único que, previsiblemente, queda vivo, el tigre. El joven intentará domar a la fiera, demostrar quien es el que manda pero también cómo es posible la comunicación, la comprensión y el respeto entre hombrecito y animalote. Sólo así, Pi podrá sobrevivir.

Winner of the 2002 Booker Prize for Fiction.

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Though all of our volunteer readers weighed in with "two thumbs up," we knew this was a winner when our fiction buyer -- not given to hyperbole -- declared it "one of the best books I've ever read!" Yann Martel's Life of Pi deserves every word of that praise. Drawing parallels between zoology and theology, Martel's novel is by turns amusing, intellectually astute, and poignant. And his Kiplingesque adventure tale will cause readers to reexamine beliefs of all kinds.

Meet Pi Patel, a young man on the cusp of adulthood when fate steps in and hastens his lessons in maturity. En route with his family from their home in India to Canada, their cargo ship sinks, and Pi finds himself adrift in a lifeboat -- alone, save for a few surviving animals, some of the very same animals Pi's zookeeper father warned him would tear him to pieces if they got a chance. But Pi's seafaring journey is about much more than a struggle for survival. It becomes a test of everything he's learned -- about both man and beast, their creator, and the nature of truth itself.

With a brilliant combination of sensitivity and a precise economy of language, Martel develops a story some readers might find less than credible. But his capacity for the mysterious, and a true understanding of the depths of human resilience will compel even the most skeptical of readers to continue on the fantastic journey with Pi, and an unusual 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

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This charming and truly original tale became an instant best seller after winning the Man Booker Prize in 2002. An Indian zookeeper takes his family and some of his animals to Canada, but their ship capsizes during the voyage. Only Pi, the inquisitive teenage son, survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific with the unlikeliest of traveling companions, including a 450-pound royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. This is only one of the several layers of this wise tale of persistence and survival. The plot, which has more to do with perceptions than with answers, explores themes like trust and unfettered imagination, our own animal instincts, and the nature of animals, and offers fascinating insights into Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. To Martel's credit, the magical feels real, turning grisly at times, and the art of fiction reaches new heights. Born in Spain to a Canadian diplomat, Martel has lived in Mexico, Alaska, Iran, Turkey, and India, and now resides in Canada. Southwood's translation is not only as life affirming and engaging as the original text but also has one big advantage: a valuable glossary that includes Arabic, Punjabi, and British terms, from Alahu Akbar to Yogui. This intelligent, funny, and moving novel will interest and delight animal lovers as well as those who ask themselves the big questions or just want to be entertained by a fanciful adventure. A memorable reading experience for all. Highly recommended.
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—Dolores M. Koch, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788423335121
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Coleccion Ancora Y Delfin Series , #978
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yann Martel
Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of peripatetic Canadian parents. He grew up in Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Ontario and Mexico, and has continued travelling as an adult, spending time in Iran, Turkey and India. Martel refers to his travels as, -- seeing the same play on a whole lot of different stages.-- After studying philosophy at Trent University and while doing various odd jobs -- tree planting, dishwashing, working as a security guard -- he began to write. In addition to Life of Pi, Martel is the prize-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, a collection of short stories, and of Self, a novel, both published internationally. Yann has been living from his writing since the age of 27. He divides his time between yoga, writing and volunteering in a palliative care unit. Yann Martel lives in Montreal.

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

First Chapter

El Club Dante. Matthew Pearl.


Canto primero.

John Kurtz, jefe de la policía de Boston, hizo un esfuerzo por acomodarse entre las dos criadas. A un lado, la irlandesa que había descubierto el cadáver lloraba a lágrima viva y gimoteaba plegarias que no resultaban familiares (porque eran católicas) ni inteligibles (a causa del llanto), y con sus cabellos producía picazón en la oreja de Kurtz. Al otro lado se sentaba la sobrina, muda y desesperada. La sala estaba profusamente amueblada con butacas y canapés, pero las mujeres se habían colocado muy apretadas contra el visitante mientras aguardaban. Él tenía que concentrarse en no derramar su té, pues las criadas imprimían fuertes sacudidas al diván de tela de crin negra.

Como jefe de policía, Kurtz se había enfrentado a otros asesinatos. Pero no a los suficientes para que aquello se convirtiera en una rutina: por lo general se pepetraban uno o dos al año, y en Boston podía transcurrir un período de doce meses sin un homicidio digno de señalarse. Los pocos asesinados eran de baja extracción, de modo que consolar no había formado parte de las funciones de Kurtz. De todos modos era un hombre demasiado impaciente con las emociones para haberse desempeñado bien en ese terreno. El subjefe de policía, Edward Savage, que ocasionalmente escribía poesía, hubiera podido hacerlo mejor.

Aquello — aquello era el único nombre que el jefe Kurtz podía permitirse dar a la horrible situación que iba a cambiar la vida de una ciudad— no se limitaba a un asesinato. Era el asesinato de un brahmán de Boston, un miembro de la casta de los salones de Nueva Inglaterra, pasada por Harvard y bendecida por el unitarismo. Y la víctima era más que eso: se trataba del más alto magistrado de los tribunales de Massachusetts. Aquello no sólo había matado a un hombre, como en ocasiones hacen los asesinos casi compasivamente, sino que lo había destrozado por completo.

La mujer a la que estaban aguardando en el mejor salón de Wide Oaks, había tomado el primer tren que pudo en Providence, después de recibir el telegrama. Los vagones de primera avanzaban ruidosamente, con irresponsable lentitud, pero ahora aquel viaje, como todo cuanto lo había antecedido, parecía formar parte de algo irreconocible y olvidado. Ella había hecho una apuesta consigo misma y con Dios: que el ministro de su familia no habría llegado a su casa antes que ella, y que el mensaje contenido en el telegrama sería una equivocación. Aquella apuesta suya no tenía ningún sentido, pero debía inventar algo en lo que creer, algo para mantener alejado al difunto de figura borrosa. Ednah Healey, basculando en el umbral del terror y el sentimiento de pérdida, miraba al vacío. Al entrar en su salón sólo percibió la ausencia de su ministro y se agitó con un irreal sentimiento de victoria.

Kurtz, un hombre robusto, que exhibía una coloración mostaza bajo su híspido bigote, se dio cuenta de que él también estaba temblando. Había ensayado el encuentro en el carruaje que lo llevaba a Wide Oaks:

—Señora, nos sentimos muy apenados por reclamar su presencia para esto. Comprenda que el juez presidente Healey... —No debía intentar anteponer una introducción a aquello—. Creímos mejor —continuó— explicarle las tristes circunstancias aquí, ¿sabe?, en su propia casa, donde usted se sentiría más cómoda.

Pensó que esa idea era generosa.

—Usted no hubiera encontrado al juez Healey, jefe Kurtz —dijo ella, y lo invitó a sentarse—. Lamento que haya hecho esta llamada en vano, pero se trata de una simple equivocación. El juez presidente estaba... está pasando unos días en Beverly para trabajar con tranquilidad, mientras yo visitaba Providence con nuestros dos hijos. No se espera su regreso hasta mañana.

Kurtz no se sintió responsable por llevarle la contraria.

—Su doncella —dijo, señalando a la más corpulenta de las dos criadas— encontró su cadáver, señora. Fuera, cerca del río.

Nell Ranney, la criada, lloraba sintiéndose culpable por el descubrimiento. No se dio cuenta de que había restos de unas pocas larvas ensangrentadas en el bolsillo de su delantal.

—Parece que sucedió hace varios días. Me temo que su marido no llegó a partir hacia el campo —dijo Kurtz, preocupado por no parecer demasiado brusco.

Ednah Healey lloró contenidamente al principio, como una mujer puede hacerlo por un animal de compañía muerto: reflexivamente y dominándose, pero sin ira. La pluma entre marrón y verde olivo que sobresalía de su sombrero se inclinaba con digna resistencia.

Nell miró a la señora Healey nerviosamente y luego dijo en tono conmiserativo:

—Debería usted volver más tarde, jefe Kurtz. Por favor.

John Kurtz agradeció el permiso para escapar de Wide Oaks. Caminó con apropiada solemnidad hacia su nuevo conductor, un joven y apuesto patrullero que mantenía bajados los estribos del carruaje policial. No había razón para apresurarse; no con lo que ya debería estar incubándose a propósito de aquello en la comisaría central entre los furiosos concejales y el alcalde Lincoln. Éste ya se había enemistado con él por no hacer suficientes redadas en los garitos de tahúres y en los prostíbulos para contentar a los periódicos.

Un terrible grito hendió el aire antes de que hubiera llegado muy lejos. Salió en ligeros ecos a través de la docena de chimeneas de la casa. Kurtz se volvió y observó con obtuso distanciamiento a Ednah Healey, a quien el sombrero con la pluma se le volaba y que, con el pelo suelto en mechones indómitos, corría por la escalinata principal y lanzaba directamente a su cabeza, como un rayo, algo blanco y borroso.

Kurtz recordaría más tarde que parpadeó. Parecía que parpadear era lo único que podía hacer para evitar la catástrofe. Aceptó su propia indefensión. El asesinato de Artemus Prescott Healey había acabado con él. No la muerte en sí; la muerte era un visitante tan común en Boston, en 1865, como siempre: enfermedades infantiles, fiebres consuntivas, innominadas e inexorables, incendios incontenibles, disturbios que estallaban, mujeres jóvenes que morían de parto en tan gran número que parecía que su destino no fuera permanecer en este mundo, y —hasta sólo seis meses antes— la guerra, que había reducido a miles y miles de muchachos de Boston a nombres escritos en notas enmarcadas en negro y enviadas a sus familias. Pero la meticulosa e insensata — la elaborada y desprovista de sentido — destrucción de un ser humano en concreto a manos de un desconocido...

Kurtz tropezó con su abrigo y rodó por el blando césped bañado por el sol. El jarrón arrojado por la señora Healey se rompió en mil fragmentos azules y marfileños contra el panzudo tronco de un roble (uno de los árboles que se decía habían dado nombre a la finca).* Quizá, pensó Kurtz, después de todo debería haber mandado al subjefe Savage para ocuparse de aquello.

El patrullero Nicholas Rey, conductor de Kurtz, lo tomó del brazo y lo levantó hasta que se puso de pie. Los caballos dieron un bufido y piafaron al final del sendero para carruajes.

—¡Él lo hizo todo lo mejor que supo! ¡Nosotros lo hicimos! ¡Nosotros no merecíamos esto, jefe, sea lo que sea lo que le hayan dicho! ¡No merecíamos nada de esto! ¡Y ahora yo estoy completamente sola!

Nell Ranney rodeó con sus gruesos brazos a la mujer que gritaba, la invitó a callar y la acarició, acunándola como hiciera con uno de los niños de Healey muchos años antes. Ednah Healey, a cambio, le clavó las uñas y la empujó, obligando a intervenir al apuesto y joven agente de policía, el patrullero Rey.

Pero la rabia de la viuda reciente se extinguió, y ella se dobló sobre la amplia blusa negra de la criada, ocupada sólo por su abultado pecho.

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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

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Falconpaw

    Shes at 'abda' only result. Shes sick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Sparkledust

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Kit

    Looks up at dawnlight

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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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