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Life of Pi - An introduction

An introduction to Yann Martel's Life of Pi
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N Littler

on 16 April 2013

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Transcript of Life of Pi - An introduction

An introduction The Author
Interesting Facts The film: The story of a boy and a tiger trapped on a lifeboat for 227 days. . - Rejected by 5 publishers
- Published in 2001
- First released on September 11, 2001
- Has sold more than 10 million copies

Warning:
- Characters are added
- Events are left out
- We are analysing the subtleties of the language Controversy Life of Pi
Yann Martel
'Life of Pi'
What is it about?
Use the book covers as a guide to jot down a few ideas. Setting? Characters? Themes? Yann Martel

Yann Martel is a Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi. Although his first language is French, Yann Martel writes in English: "English is the language in which I best express the subtlety of life." www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BzqsKLbGpM Awards - Man Booker Prize for fiction 2002
- South African Boeke Prize 2004
-Asian /Pacific American Prize for Literature 2001-2003
In 'Life of Pi' Martel uses an Indian boy instead of a German one, a tiger instead of a jaguar, and the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic. Moacyr Scliar's novel - 'Max and the Cats' is about a boy on a boat with a jaguar. Martel admits in Life of Pi's "Author's Note" that his novel is "indebted to Mr. Moacyr Scliar, for the spark of life" (Author's Note.1.28). The controversy also highlights an important aspect of Martel's novel. The novel blends together multiple stories of castaways and shipwrecks, real and fictional. Pi, the main character, believes in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. And so the novel consciously weaves together stories and perspectives into a single, nourishing story.
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