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Life of Pi

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

"Reality is Unliveable"

So enchanted with fantasy and beautiful mythologies that it loathes anyone with an ability to accept reality, to face hardship, to tackle life's challenges with grit and rationality.
age 18+


This is an extremely violent book. My son read it at school and was scarred for months. Some parts of it are positive, but the gory details make this not a good book for children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Life of Pi is a fascinating and original story of survival and identity. Martel creates a wonderfully realized, clever character in Pi, and a unique world of home, zoo, school, and various houses of various gods. The bit where all three religious figures realize that Pi has joined their faith is quite funny, and so wise. Readers have come to love Pi by the time his ship sinks, and every terrifying, bloody struggle he faces is met with intelligence and frought with tension. This is a smart, absorbing novel, although, given its gory descriptions, not a book to be enjoyed with a meal.

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