Did you know?
The Life of Pi was turned down by at least 5 London publishers before it was accepted by Knopf Canada.
Read "Top publishers rejected Booker winner," an article by Fiachra Gibbons published in The Guardian, 10/23/02 to find out more.
President Barack Obama wrote a 2-page note to Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, which included the following:
"My daughter and I just finished reading Life of Pi together. Both of us agreed we prefer the story with animals. It is a lovely book -- an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling. Thank you."
Find out more about President Obama's letter.
The Life of Pi was inspired by a book entitled Max and the Cats written by Moacyr Scliar in 1981, which was about a Jewish-German refugee who crossed the Atlantic Ocean while sharing his boat with a jaguar. Read "Tiger in a Lifeboat, Panther in a Lifeboat: A Furor Over a Novel," an article by Larry Rohter published in the New York Times, 11/06/02 to find out more.
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