Life of Pi by Yann Martel Essay

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel, first published in 2002, is the story of Piscine Molitor Patel. Piscine, later shortened by himself to Pi, is the main character, the protagonist, and throughout most of this novel just a teenager. At the beginning of the story the reader is taken to the world of Pondicherry, India and to the Pondicherry Zoo run by the Patel Family. The Patel family consists of Pi’s mom, Gita, his dad Santosh and his older brother Ravi.

As Pi grows up he takes you through his good and bad times, he takes you through the four religions. Yes, four! He submerges in the realm of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Atheism. He is a Christian, Hindu, and Islamic, all at once. He says on that, “Atheists are my brothers and sisters of
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They remain together throughout this 277 day voyage, coming across a huge ship, a man that gets eaten by Richard, a flesh eating island, and finally Mexico.

The third and final part of this book is called Benito Juarez Infirmary, Tomatlan, Mexico. This part is a manuscript from two workers from the Japanese Ministry of Transport, who found out that Pi finally landed. They came to find out exactly why the ship sank. Pi doesn’t know for sure why it sank, but he tells the his story. They don’t believe that he survived all that time with a Bengal tiger. So he tells them another version just as graphic with replacing the hyena with a cook from the ship, his mom as the orangutan, and a sailor as the hurt zebra. He of course replaced himself with the tiger. The workers weren’t thrilled with this story either but all Pi says is, “In both stories the ship sinks, my entire family dies, and I suffers” (317). One replies’ “yes, that’s true.” He then tells them that since they can’t tell the truth to take the story that they prefer, and go with God.

This book was a gripping story that keeps you reading from beginning to end. When I started reading this book I received different responses, from oh it was amazing to that was pure crap. I took both opinions into count and picked it up to start reading. The beginning started out to slow for my taste but I stayed with it, eventually I got immersed in the story. I could feel myself gasp as

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