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“Yann Martel blends fact and fiction with wily charm… one reads Life of Pi not so much as an allegory or magical–realist fable, but as an edge-of-seat adventure… In its subject and its style, this enormously lovable novel is suffused with wonder.”
(Life of Pi. p. back cover.)
Yann Martel is a winner of the Man Booker Prize for his the most famous novel ‘Life of Pi’. Yann Martel is a Canadian travelling writer. He visited India and set a novel. The novel is about struggle for survival. The protagonist of the novel is Pi, who shared his boat with a ferocious and unbelievable animal Richard Parker, a 450 pound Bengal tiger in Pacific Ocean.
This fantasy novel is based in times of political anarchy in India. In 1975 prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi found guilty on her election campaign in 1971. She was asked to resign. Instead of resigning, she declared a state of emergency. This political condition caused threat to the business of Pi’s father, who is the owner of a zoo. Speculating that Indira Gandhi may even take over his zoo he decided to sell off zoo’s animal and migrate to Canada.
During this sea journey, unluckily a harrowing shipwreck completely changes Pi’s life and fate. Pi lost his family and found himself alone on a lifeboat with four zoo animals they are wounded zebra, spotted hyena, seasick orangutan and 450 pound Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. After a much fighting for existence and survival, at last Pi shared his lifeboat with tiger, Richard Parker and spent 227 days with him as a savior and loyal companion.
Key Words : struggle, thrilling, survive, adventure, carnivorous