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Life of Pi: Introduction
Life of Pi: Plot Summary
Life of Pi: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Life of Pi: Themes
Life of Pi: Quotes
Life of Pi: Characters
Life of Pi: Symbols
Life of Pi: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Yann Martel
Historical Context of Life of Pi
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- Full Title: Life of Pi
- Where Written: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
- When Published: 2001
- Literary Period: Contemporary Fiction
- Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism
- Setting: Pondicherry, India, the Pacific Ocean, Mexico, and Toronto, Canada
- Climax: Pi finds land
- Antagonist: The hyena/French cook
- Point of View: First person limited from both the “author” and the adult Pi
Extra Credit for Life of Pi
Richard Parker. Martel got the name “Richard Parker” from Edgar Allan Poe’s nautical novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The name also appears in at least two other factual shipwreck accounts. Martel noticed the reoccurring “Richard Parkers” and felt that the name must be significant.
Zoo. The historical Pondicherry did have a zoo in 1977, but it lacked any tigers or anything larger than a deer.