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James Wood: ‘Life of Pi’, 14 November 2002

Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel.
Canongate, 319 pp., £12.99, May 2002, 1 84195 245 1
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... Yann Martel’s novel tells the story of a 16-year-old Indian boy who is shipwrecked in the Pacific and survives 227 days at sea in the company of a Bengal tiger. Since this fact is now well known, as well known as the fact that the book recently won the Booker Prize, Life of Pi risks being shrunk to the monad of its narrative ‘premise’, like any Hollywood concept movie ...

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