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Life of Pi Background
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Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
born 1963 - Spain
India 1966 - 1984
Setting & Religion
Link between stories and religious beliefs
Images of India
"Let me tell you a secret: the name of the greatest living writer of the generation born in the sixties is Yann Martel." —L'Humanité
"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators, and in the original power of storytellers like Martel." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
First published short stories
Life of Pi:
4 Academy Awards
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Pi’s father - nervous.
Moving to Canada
Stop in Tomatlán, Mexico
"A story that will make you
believe in God."
The French Quarter: Pondicherry, India
Munnar, one of the Hill Stations in India
Pondicherry Botanical Gardens
The Pondicherry Promenade
a postcolonial novel
an adventure story
flirts with nonfiction
Life of Pi can be classified as:
A story… within a story… within a story
The Importance of Storytelling
First, author’s note
Then, life on sea
Then, true(?) story
Though Martel's text deals with the seemingly boundless nature of the sea, it also studies the strictness of boundaries, borders, and demarcations.
The Will to Live
This is a story about what humans will do to stay alive
(situations, incidents, ideas, or images
repeated significantly in a literary work)
The Nature of Truth
By the end of the story, readers question factual truth versus metaphoric truth.
The Nature of Faith
characters achieve comfort through the practice of rituals
For Pi, faith is a form of certainty; he dislikes agnostics because they refuse to commit
Not just a shortened version of Piscine
Allegorical figure with multiple levels of meaning
-3.14 (22/7) (infinity)
symbolizes hope and survival
Deb Salter, Ola HS