Life of Pi – the award winning fantasy novel was written by Yann Martel a Canadian author. The novel revolves around a character named Pi an Indian teen from Pondicherry who is stranded into the high seas for nearly 200 plus days and how he matures during these tough and grim conditions.
When Martel decided to publish his work, at least five of the most popular publishing houses rejected the novel. It was in September 2001 that Knopf Canada finally decided to publish the novel. The following year, the UK edition of the novel won the Man Booker price for fiction. In 2003, the novel also won the Bookie Prize, the most prestigious South African novel award. This wasn’t the end. It won many more awards including Asian/Pacific/American Award for Literature consecutively from 2001-2003.
The plot of the story seems to be too dramatic and holds a decent momentum throughout. Pi Patel is initially named “Piscine Molitor” by his parents who own a zoo. However, being bullied by his school mates with the nickname “Pissing Patel”, he later decides to change his name to Pi while in secondary school. Raised as a Hindu, the teenage boy was also highly fascinated by Christianity and Islam, and therefore decides to follow all three religions.
Due to the ongoing political concerns in India, Pi’s family plans to move to Canada after selling off the animals from their zoo. They board a Japanese cargo that happens to be carrying a few of these animals. Days later, the ship unfortunately finds itself in the middle of the storm with Pi who emerges as the lone survivor. Once the storm dies down, Pi wakes up in a tiny lifeboat with a spotted hyena, a zebra, Bengal tiger and a mother orangutan for company.
While you get to visualize the natural beauty of Pondicherry and Munnar, the story surely manages to keep you guessing on what’s coming up next. Every character in the book has rightly lived up to the expectations. Undoubtedly, ‘Life of Pi‘ is a perfect masterpiece and for this very reason Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American film director has made this into a stunning 3-D movie retaining the same title. The storyline is rightly streamlined, thereby bringing to life everything that you read in the book.
Released recently, Suraj Sharma plays the young ‘Pi’ with Tabu as Gita Patel, Pi’s mother while Adil Hussain plays the father. The adult ‘Pi’ is played by Irrfan Khan. Other cast members include Gerard Depardieu, Andrea Di Stefano, Rafe Spall and Vibish Sivakumar.
An author’s imagination or a movie maker’s creativity either ways Life of Pi is simply brilliant! Don’t miss out on both!!