Author(s): Yann Martel
One boy, one boat, one tiger ...
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
Now a major motion picture from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.
Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002.
Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy The Times
A terrific book ... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore - Margaret Atwood Sunday Times
A unique and original story, brilliantly told Guardian
Full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality Daily Telegraph
Ultimately uplifting Daily Mail
Extraordinary...Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life New York Times Book Review
Martel's engaging characterization and vivid description enliven and enrich this dreamy, fantastic tale The Times
Its appeal has endured, with a worldwide 'readalong' of the book next month and a moniker as a 'modern classic' to boot. The moniker, in this instance, is utterly deserved ... Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naive, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz - Arifa Akbar Independent
Martel has a warm way of engaging with the reader - Robert Burdock RobAroundBooks.com
Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he travelled and worked at odds jobs before turning to writing. In addition to Life of Pi, he is the author of the novels Self and Beatrice and Virgil, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading? Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.