Life of Pi


In 2010 Barack Obama wrote a letter directly to Martel, describing Life of Pi as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling."[29]

Brian Bethune of Maclean's describes Life of Pi as "[a] head-scratching combination of dense religious allegory, zoological lore and enthralling adventure tale, written with warmth and grace".[30] Master Plots suggested the "[c]entral themes of Life of Pi concern religion and human faith in God".[31] Reutter said "So believable is Pi's story telling that readers will be amazed."[32] Stephens added that it "achieves something more quietly spectacular."[33] Smith contradicted them both by saying that there was "no bamboozlement [t]here."[34]

Stephens summarized Life of Pi as a "story about a sixteen-year-old polytheist who survives 227 days on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger."[33]

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