Life of Pi Study Guide

Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells the story of a young man named Pi Patel, whose family owns a zoo in India. They decide to move to Canada and transport their zoo, but the ship they were sailing across the Atlantic encounters a storm and sinks. Pi is the only survivor, as he finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and Bengal tiger he names Richard Parker.

Going back to the author, we learn that Pi is often upset about something, that whoever Richard Parker is, he still“preys on his mind”. He mentions that he visits Patel often and that every time he’s there Pi cooks very spicy food.

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