Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel is an adventure book. It is about Pi Patel, a very religious boy, who gets shipwrecked. He was on his way to Canada from India when his ship starts filling with water. He is stuck all alone on a lifeboat with four animals: a zebra, hyena, orangutan, and a 450-pound tiger. Pi struggles to understand why these hungry predators don't eat him, and why no one is coming to his rescuer. He also struggles to fight the forces of nature.

The setting of the book starts in Pondicherry, India. This is Pi's homeland and where he was born. He has a very ordinary life, and his father is a zookeeper. Pi also likes to work in the zoo. Then, when his family finds a better job in Canada, they decide to move. On their route to Canada, their ship capsized and Pi is left on a lifeboat.

The rest of the book is aboard the lifeboat and how Pi manages his problems here.

Pi Patel greatly develops throughout the book. At the start of the novel, he is just a regular book who doesn't know a lot about the world and just lives by it. Then, when he gets older, he starts studying religion and learning about famous stories. He follows the teachings of God and even wants a praying rug for himself. Then, when he gets shipwrecked he learns how to survive in the wilderness. Pi Patel really changes as the book progresses.

The conflict of the book is a character vs. nature type. Pi struggles to survive with nature's beings and forces. He battles hunger, pain, and storms. He also has to accept that there are two big predators on his boat that could eat him anytime they want to. His...