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lif of pi

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Luxuries and laws, these are things that Piscine Patel didn’t have in his life for 227 days. Following a shipwreck in the Southern Pacific ocean, Piscine was stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. While traveling to Canada on a cargo ship with his family and father’s zoo animals from Pondicherry in India, their cargo ship full of zoo animals and Pi’s family was hit by an abrupt storm and the ship capsized. During the frantic search for a lifeboat, Pi discovered some of the animals had escaped their cages and were now running wild throughout the ship hysterically looking for a safe way to abandon the capsizing ship. Subsequent to the wreck, the only survivors that made their way onto the sole unscathed lifeboat were a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan named Orange Juice – and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
Pi retrieves biscuits, water rations, a hand axe and other small utilities and builds a small raft to stay at a safe distance from Richard Parker in the boat. Richard Parker soon regains his strength from his long bout with seasickness and feeds his ravenous appetite with the other animals’ innards; soon Richard Parker and Pi Patel are the only two beings on board. Pi begins fishing and is able to feed himself and Richard Parker as he feels that Richard Parker is the only thing boosting his morale. He also collects rain water for them to drink. During an encounter with a breaching humpback whale Pi loses much of his supplies including water, biscuits and other rations forcing him to eat fish for the first time in his life. Pi trains Richard Parker to accept him in the boat and to act as the Alpha. Thus Pi realizes that caring for the tiger is keeping him alive. Afte...

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...Taiwanese sailor; the hyena symbolizes the cook, the Orangutan is Pi’s own mom and the ferocious Bengal tiger, Richard Parker, is Pi himself. Pi almost exposes the two men as pawns in a game played by Pi, when he notes that neither story can be proved nor either explains the cause of the freighter’s shipwreck. He then asks the two Japanese investigators which story they prefer compared to the other and they both readily agree that the story with the animals that portray the real life people trumps the gruesome story of the cook and Pi himself.
All in all, this book is compiled with major themes such as believability and that Life is a story that is better with god himself. The two investigators found the story with god more compelling and so did you, so the real question is... If you stumble about believability, what are you living for?
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