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Life of Pi
by Martel, Yann
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1. Many of Pi's discussions and experiences touch on God and religion. What do you think Martel wants readers to think about these questions? Do you think this is a 'religious' novel?

2. Pi's full name is Piscine Molitor Patel. What are the meanings of his names and his nicknames?

3. The tension between Pi and Richard Parker is central to the story. Would that tension have been different if the other animals had been on the raft for more of the story or if one of the other animals shared the raft with Pi instead of Richard Parker?

4. Martel's narrator claims to be telling a true story, and includes many real events in his narrative. Pi also tells a 'true story' and another version of his experience on the raft. What do you think of this blending of 'fiction' and 'nonfiction?'

5. The shipwreck and raft trip are life-changing experiences for Pi, who is a young man when they occur. How is "The Life of Pi" a coming-of-age story?

6. Which story did you prefer--the version Pi tells about the animals and Richard Parker on the raft or the version with the other people on the raft? Which one do you think was the better representation of what happened to Pi?

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