I had watched the film adapted by Taiwanese director Ang Lee. So when I found it on the shelf in the hotel at Penang, I chose it to be the next book to read.

The story is very interesting. And the book is dedicatedly divided into 3 parts.

  • The first part tells the background of the family. The father of Pi ran a zoo in India. Pi grew up in this zoo. This background information is lengthy but helpful for explaining the knowledge Pi has to deal with and tame a Bengal tiger.
  • The second part tells how the wreck happened to Pi and his amazing stories in the following 227 days on the sea.
  • The last part is short but astonishing because it provides another cruel version of the story from the records of the officers who are investigating the wreck.

Podcasts Recommend

[1] Yann Martel talked to BBC World Book Club in April 2014, BBC website link & Apple Podcasts link

[2] Ang Lee talked about the movie in Meet the Filmmaker in December 2012, Apple Podcasts link

[3] Ang Lee discussed his life and career in an HOB Directors Dialogue in 2012, Apple Podcasts link