Life of Pi
Pi is a 16-year-old boy from a family of zookeepers. When his father tells him they are moving to Canada, they undertake a perilous journey across the Pacific Ocean with their animals. They suffer a shipwreck and Pi is the sole human survivor. With him on a tiny lifeboat is a Bengal tiger, who at first tries to eat him. Pi humanises the tiger, calling him Richard Parker, and begins to strike up a bond with him. Their fates become intertwined in a remarkable battle for survival. The novel Life of Pi was written by Yann Martel in 2001; Martel features in the 2012 film which is based on his book.
Pi’s story is a battle against both the elements (which claim the lives of his family) and the animal kingdom. Nature presents him with fierce challenges and obstacles – but also the means to survive – by catching food, and to retain his sanity – by developing a relationship with the tiger. The storyline reflects the complex, interdependent relationship between the human race and the natural world.
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