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Vida de Pi (Life of Pi)

Vida de Pi (Life of Pi)

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by Yann Martel, Bianca Southwood (Translator)

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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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Product Details

Ediciones Booket
Publication date:
Novela (Booket Numbered) Series
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.47(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Vida de Pi (Life of Pi) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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His real name in this mexican version
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bonjour pi. I am learning to speak einglish book was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks up at dawnlight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls the kit off. She eyes turn red and she bites the kits ears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book better than the movie its a must read and yes i like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It 's so sad:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Viva la vida de Pi TROLLOLOLOLOL