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Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Publication date: 2001
Genre: Survival, Adventure
Recommended for: 13+
Rating: 4/5 stars

Pi Patel, a God-loving boy and the son of a zookeeper, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only from his native Hinduism, but also from Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks-and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger find their way to land? Can Pi’s fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they do?

The Life of Pi is a classic book from the early 2000s and still is great today. The overall great story, as well as the surrealness of it all makes the book especially interesting. Additionally, lost in the ocean, Pi comes up with lots of interesting and philosophical ideas that are interesting to see from his perspective. It is similar to many other adventure and survival-based novels, but with the interesting twist of having a Tiger surviving alongside Pi. Even if you have already read the book, or seen the movie, it is fun to revisit the world of Pi Patel and Richard Parker. If you haven’t seen or read it already, then this is the perfect book for anyone.


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