Why do you think Yann Martel chooses to open the book with a story from his life? Do you think this story is true?
The Author’s Note grounds the novel in the real world. It shows that although Pi’s story and outlook on life is fanciful, it takes place in a world no more or less fantastic than the one we live in. It is also the first indication that storytelling itself will play an important role in the narrative.
Mr. Adirubasami tells the author that Pi’s story “…will make [him] believe in God”. What do you expect from the story, given that preface?
This should open a discussion of students’ personal beliefs about religious narratives and parables. Some...
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