And those parallels don't stop: It came as an unmistakable indication to me of how low I had sunk the day I noticed, with a pinching of the heart, that I ate like an animal, that this noisy, frantic unchewing wolfing-down of mine was exactly the way Richard Parker ate. And it's not just that he's eating like an animal—he's also wasting away like one: We perished away. It happened slowly, so that I didn't notice it all the time. But I noticed it regularly.
We were two emaciated mammals, parched and starving. Richard Parker's fur lost its luster, and some of it even fell away from his shoulders and haunches.
He lost a lot of weight, became a skeleton in an oversized bag of faded fur. I, too, withered away, the moistness sucked out of me, my bones showing plainly through my thin flesh. The first pronoun used is the collective "we. Notice, too, how the symptoms of starvation that RP is facing sound a whole lot like what humans go through: hair loss and weight loss. Finally, a mention of Pi is tacked on at the end, almost as an afterthought. Pi only mentions that his symptoms are exactly the same as Richard Parkers: his skeleton is becoming visible through his flesh.
There's plenty of proof as well that Richard Parker is a wild tiger There are a few times when we're reminded of the fact that Richard Parker is a wild beast.
Late in the book, he kills all those cute little meerkats. Pi catches Richard Parker sizing him up. He was named after a swimming pool in Paris , despite the fact that neither his mother nor his father particularly liked swimming. The story is told as a narrative from the perspective of a middle-aged Pi, now married with his own family, and living in Canada. At the time of main events of the story, he is sixteen years old.
He recounts the story of his life and his day journey on a lifeboat when his ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during a voyage to North America. A Bengal tiger Richard Parker is a royal Bengal tiger who is stranded on the lifeboat with Pi when the ship sinks. Richard Parker lives on the lifeboat with Pi and is kept alive with the food and water Pi delivers. Richard Parker develops a relationship with Pi that allows them to coexist in their struggle.
In the novel, a hunter named Richard Parker is hired to kill a panther thought to have killed seven people within two months. Instead, he accidentally immobilizes a female Bengal tiger with tranquilizer darts while her cub is caught hiding in a bush. Parker names the cub Thirsty after his enthusiasm when drinking from a nearby river. The paperwork that accompanies the shipment of the two tigers to Pi's family's zoo in Pondicherry states that the cub's name is "Richard Parker" and the hunter's given name is "Thirsty" and his surname is "None Given", due to a mix-up with the names.
Pi's father finds the story so amusing that they continue to call the tiger "Richard Parker". Reception[ edit ] Brian Bethune of Maclean's describes Life of Pi as a "head-scratching combination of dense religious allegory, zoological lore and enthralling adventure tale, written with warmth and grace". President Barack Obama wrote a letter directly to Martel, describing Life of Pi as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.
Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen as the illustrator for the new edition, which was published in September At the 85th Academy Awards , it won four awards from eleven nominations, including Best Director. Theatrical adaptations[ edit ] This novel has also been adapted as a play by Keith Robinson, artistic director of the youth-oriented Twisting Yarn Theatre Company. Andy Rashleigh wrote the adaptation, which was directed by Keith Robinson.
Keith Robinson also directed a second version of the play. It was well reviewed. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 January The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August Man Booker Prize. Archived from the original on 2 December San Francisco Chronicle. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September Canada Reads.
Pi is brought to a hospital - where he tells the animal story to the Japanese officials. However, when the agents do not believe his tale, the young survivor tells a different version of his journey. After some time, fearing for the limited supplies in the boat, the cook kills the weakened Japanese sailor, and later, Gita.
Scarred from watching his mother die in front of his eyes, Pi kills the cook in a moment of self-preservation and revenge. Pi does not mention his other adventures at sea the carnivorous island, etc but it'd be easy to strip away some of the fantastical elements in favor of more grounded albeit allegorical situations.
Maybe he found an island but realized that living is more than just eating and existing - deciding to take his chances at sea instead of wasting away in apathy on a beach eating meerkats all alone.
Of course, that is purely speculation - since, again, Pi does not elaborate on the more grounded human story beyond the revelation that he was alone on the lifeboat. However, the film's juxtaposition of the animal story and the human story has led many moviegoers to view the last-minute plot point as a finite "twist" - which was not the original intention of Martel with the book or very likely Lee with the film. Viewers have pointed to the look of anguish on Pi's face during his telling of the human story in the film as "proof" that he was uncomfortable facing the true horror of his experience.
However, the novel takes the scene in the opposite direction, with Pi expressing annoyance at the two men - criticizing them for wanting "a story they already know. Facing the final question, it can be easy to forget that, from the outset, The Writer character was promised a story that would make him believe in God.
In this book, Richard Parker is a mutineer who is stranded and eventually cannibalized on the hull of an overturned ship and there is a dog aboard who is named Tiger.
President Barack Obama wrote a letter directly to Martel, describing Life of Pi as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling. On the ocean Pi realizes the natural world's forces can't be controlled or explained. It can also be read as a hint that it was Pi who killed the cook He lost a lot of weight, became a skeleton in an oversized bag of faded fur.
It's probably no coincidence that Richard Parker was named strangely—and then renamed—as well. Pi is brought to a hospital - where he tells the animal story to the Japanese officials. After some time, fearing for the limited supplies in the boat, the cook kills the weakened Japanese sailor, and later, Gita. A few days out of port from Manila , the ship encounters a storm and sinks. But even before that, the two characters share something we'd like to call "the anxiety of naming.
Pi points out that neither story can be proven and neither explains the cause of the shipwreck, so he asks the officials which story they prefer: the one without animals or the one with animals. Though Pi succeeds, the pair remain on the verge of starvation - until, after several months at sea, they wash ashore an uncharted island packed with fresh vegetation and a bountiful meerkat population.
Andy Rashleigh wrote the adaptation, which was directed by Keith Robinson.
It was well reviewed.
Having read about these events, Yann Martel thought, "So many victimized Richard Parkers had to mean something. We were two emaciated mammals, parched and starving. San Francisco Chronicle. In a state of delirium , he talks with a marine "echo", which he initially identifies as Richard Parker having gained the ability to speak, but it turns out to be another blind castaway, a Frenchman, who boards the lifeboat with the intention of killing and eating Pi, but is immediately killed by Richard Parker. Retrieved 31 August
There are no right or wrong answers - just an opportunity for introspection. And then, didn't he give himself his own shortened nickname? Suddenly emerging from his hideaway, Richard Parker kills and eats the hyena. The reader is left to ponder at the end whether Pi's story is an allegory of another set of parallel events.
He was named after a swimming pool in Paris , despite the fact that neither his mother nor his father particularly liked swimming. But even before that, the two characters share something we'd like to call "the anxiety of naming. The paperwork that accompanies the shipment of the two tigers to Pi's family's zoo in Pondicherry states that the cub's name is "Richard Parker" and the hunter's given name is "Thirsty" and his surname is "None Given", due to a mix-up with the names. He lost a lot of weight, became a skeleton in an oversized bag of faded fur.