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Critical Praise

"Audacious, exhilarating . . . wonderful. The book's middle section might be the most gripping 200 pages in recent Canadian fiction. It also stands up against some of Martel's more obvious influences: Edgar Allen Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, the novels of H. G. Wells, certain stretches of Moby Dick."

——Quill & Quire

"Martel displays the clever voice and tremendous storytelling skills of an emerging master."

——Publishers Weekly

"[Life of Pi] could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life."

——The New York Times Book Review

"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender."

——The Nation

"Beautifully fantastical and spirited."


"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators, and in the original power of storytellers like Martel."

——Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Let me tell you a secret: the name of the greatest living writer of the generation born in the sixties is Yann Martel."