A fictional Canadian author who resembles Yann Martel, the novel’s real author. Like Martel, the “author” has also published two books and was inspired to write Pi’s story while traveling in India. The author tracks down Pi and interviews him, and interrupts the narrative with “Author’s Notes” explaining his sources and describing his interactions with the adult Pi.
The Author Quotes in Life of Pi
The Life of Pi quotes below are all either spoken by The Author or refer to The Author. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt edition of Life of Pi published in 2001.).
Author’s Note Quotes
He took in my line of work with a widening of the eyes and a nodding of the head. It was time to go. I had my hand up, trying to catch my waiter’s eye to get the bill.
Then the elderly man said, “I have a story that will make you believe in God.”
The Author Character Timeline in Life of Pi
The timeline below shows where the character The Author appears in Life of Pi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.