Sunday, 14 October 2012

Jaffa's Sunday Corner...

Cat themed Reading for the Discerning feline

Life of Pi (International Edition, Movie Tie-In)
Published by Canongate
October 2012

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Book Blurb

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.


“My greatest wish -- other than salvation -- was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time.” 

Yann Martel, Life of Pi

The story of Pi Patel his bravery, determination and desire to succeed against all odds is the premise of this modern day classic, and one that deserves to be read by all generations of book lovers.

The premise of the book is that life is a story, and this is reiterated with startling clarity throughout Yann Martel’s prose as he manages to combine a clever use of imagery together with a lyrical narrative. At times reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling, Life of Pi is a story of survival at its most basic level. The spiritual voyage of individual belief combined with the power of imagination provides a unique vision which allows the reader to undertake an idealistic journey into the unknown.

The story doesn't suit everyone, reviews have been divided since it was first published, but it does make a very good book group read as it always encourages lively debate. Life of Pi has been reissued in light of the recent movie edition, and as such will bring this unusual story to a wider audience.

My thanks to NetGalley and Canongate books for a review copy.

Jaffa's favourite character is Richard Parker the 350 pound Bengal Tiger who accompanies Pi on his adventure. 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to see Jaffa has his own special posts now! Perhaps I will have to get Daisy the pup blogging too..!


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