Pi, the precocious animal-loving son of an Indian zookeeper, loses his family in a shipwreck en route to North America--and is left alone in a lifeboat with a man-eating Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, with whom he manages (thanks to his zoo background) to strike up an ingenious truce. When they finally reach land and the tiger disappears, Pi finds that no one will believe his story--and so he creates an alternative tale, one that is false but sounds true. This whimsical fantasy was short-listed for Canada's Governor General's Literary Award and won the Booker Prize in 2002. Also a New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Action + Thrillers, Nature + Animals, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Psychology, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Settings, Stages of Life, Disasters