Compelling Author of the 21 st Century Yann Martel:
Biography Born in Spain in 1963. Grew up in Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Ontario and Mexico, and has continued traveling as an adult, spending time in Iran, Turkey and India. Studied philosophy at Trent University in Ontario,Canada. Lives in Montreal, volunteering at a hospital and writing.
Life of Pi Most famous book –’01 Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction Won Booker Prize ’02 –£ 50,000 awarded (= $75,000) –Comparable to America’s Pulitzer Prize Life of Pi Promo Interactivity Life of Pi Promo
Hinduism Ganesha Third largest religion. Based on ancient scriptures called Vedas. Hindus believe in a supreme spiritual force called Brahman. Hindus follow the laws of Dharma.
Islam Religion of the Mohammedans; Their god is Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. Al Islam in Arabic = “at once submission and peace.” The Qur'an (or Koran) is their Bible.
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios Won the ’91 Journey Prize. Described as "unforgettable...a truly stunning piece of fiction.” AIDS & personal discovery are the main topics investigated herein.
Self Shortlisted Chapters/Books First Novel Award Non-traditional story where the main character undergoes a mysteriously drastic alteration.
Yann Martel hopes you find the same sort of solace that his protagonist Pi is able to. What Pi might look like as a grown man➔
Questions to contemplate: In what ways can introspection help you? How do challenges form who you are? How do your biggest fears compel you? In what ways does irrationality rule you? What must someone do in order to truly persevere? Are there different degrees? Are you a critical thinker? Do you want to continue thinking on deeper levels?
Reasons to Actually Read Life of Pi Sells at a “freakish rate” (Guardian Unlimited website). According to Ideas Factory website, Life of Pi is “accessible and yet literary.” Canongate website: “utterly original.” Chronicle: "a real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic and disarmingly funny." It is what a novel should be, frankly.