Life of Pi

Life of Pi


Yann Martel

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Francis Adirubasamy Character Analysis

A friend of the Patel family who was a champion swimmer in his youth. Pi calls him Mamaji, which means “respected uncle,” and Mamaji teaches Pi to swim and to love the water. He is also responsible for Pi’s unusual name. Francis is the man who first tells Pi’s story to the author in India, promising that the tale is one to “make you believe in God.”

Francis Adirubasamy Quotes in Life of Pi

The Life of Pi quotes below are all either spoken by Francis Adirubasamy or refer to Francis Adirubasamy. 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:
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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.”

Related Characters: The Author (speaker), Francis Adirubasamy (speaker), Francis Adirubasamy
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Francis Adirubasamy Character Timeline in Life of Pi

The timeline below shows where the character Francis Adirubasamy appears in Life of Pi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Author’s Note
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In a local coffee house, the author met an old man named Francis Adirubasamy . Mr. Adirubasamy offered to tell the author a story “that will make you believe... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...was a former champion swimmer. This man was named Francis Adirubasamy, but Pi called him Mamaji, which is similar to “uncle.” (full context)
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Mamaji and Pi became very close, and Mamaji taught Pi how to swim. Pi came to... (full context)