Yann Martel: Life of Pi (2609 words)

Gillian Roberts (University of Nottingham)
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Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (2001) might be considered a “modern classic”, one of the best-selling Man Booker Prize-winning novels of all time, adapted into the Academy Award-winning film directed by Ang Lee (2012). Its story holds the promise of great adventure, but it is underpinned by narrative uncertainty and philosophical questions, including the purpose of storytelling itself.

Yann Martel was born in 1963 in Salamanca, Spain, where his Québécois parents were graduate students. He had an unusual upbringing all over the world, given his parents’ academic and diplomatic careers, encompassing such locations as Alaska, Costa Rica, Paris, Ottawa, Spain, Mexico, and Victoria (British …

Citation: Roberts, Gillian. "Life of Pi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=12496, accessed 28 October 2021.]

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