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Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

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Fiona Purnell

BACK in 2002 this book received the Man Booker Prize, but at that time I never read it. With the film due out in cinemas later this month, I decided it was about time I did. And I’m glad I made that decision. Martel’s book is fantastically written. It’s a tale of adventure.

Piscine Patel, known as Pi, has grown up in India, but it’s not until his family move to Canada that his story really picks up pace.

The ship sinks and he’s left alone on a lifeboat somewhere in the Pacific Ocean - alone that is apart from some zoo animals.

This moving story follows his highs and lows at sea.

You’d think writing about a boy and animals on a boat would be dull, but this is anything but.

It keeps you captivated and wondering what’s going to happen next.

Martel focuses on interesting moments on the boat and through his detailed description, at times I felt like I was bobbing along on the waves with Pi.

A simple, enjoyable story which has a twist at the end which will leave you wondering.