In 2001, Canadian author Yann Martel captured the attention of academics and casual readers alike with the debut of his religious adventure parable Life of Pi. Martel was inspired by classic shipwreck narratives like The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and drew upon the religions, history and cultures of India. Life of Pi was embraced by most critics and received literary awards all over the world, including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in the UK. Of the book’s origins, Martel said, "I was sort of looking for a story, not only with a small 's' but sort of with a capital 'S' – something that would direct my life."
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