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The phenomenal, Man Booker Prize-winning, international bestseller
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.
“This enormously lovable novel is suffused with wonder”
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“A terrific book … Fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore”
“Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy”
“Vivid and entrancing”
“Extraordinary … Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life”
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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he travelled and worked at odd jobs before turning to writing. In addition to the Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi, which has been translated into over fifty languages and has sold over thirteen million copies worldwide, he is the author of the novels Self, Beatrice and Virgil and The High Mountains of Portugal, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading? He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.