Life of Pi is a Canadian adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Martel’s novel is evangelical in its defence of the shimmeringly implausible. Life of Pi is proud to be a delegate for magic realism, and wears a big badge so that we don’t forget it.
Martel patiently builds his narrative case,ensuring that no detail is too tiny for examination; quitely folding in a vast amount of research (largely zoological and botanical); taking care to observe the laws of physics.
This book contains many great essence of life, like for example, throughout his journey, Pi practices many religious rituals, which provided him a stay against despair and loneliness and his grief for his lost family. “the worst enemy was fear. Fear was life’s only opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever treacherous adversary. Fear has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest for your weakest spot. one moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. then, fear, disguised in the grab of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy” Pi observes.
At first the teenager is scared of the tiger, then he tries to keep the tiger happy with food, fresh water, and regular routines. The final level of their interaction is a suprise that will only startle those who haven’t had the delight of close mystical relationship with animals
I would rate this book, because the way Yann Martel has expressed great survival skills in text and the way he expressed the relationship between a human and a tiger is really very beautiful, this ambitious novel is stuffed with ideas, interesting people, and exciting situations which makes it more interesting to read.