Picture of author.

Yann Martel

Autor(a) de Life of Pi

12+ Works 48,008 Membros 1,237 Críticas 51 Favorited
There is 1 open discussion about this author. See now.

About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain on June 25, 1963. After studying philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, he worked at odd jobs and travelled widely before turning to writing. His works include Seven Stories, What Is Stephen Harper Reading?, and Beatrice and Virgil. He was mostrar mais awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. His second novel, Life of Pi, won numerous awards including the 2002 Man Booker. He continued to make the bestseller list in 2018 with his title, The High Mountains of Portugal. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: © Daniele Schaub

Obras por Yann Martel

Associated Works

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945) — Prefácio, algumas edições991 exemplares
Life of Pi [2012 film] (2012) — Original book — 457 exemplares
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow (2010) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on Wood (1807) — Prefácio, algumas edições37 exemplares
Crossing the Border (1998) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Inspired Lives: The Best of Real Life Yoga from Ascent Magazine (2005) — Contribuidor, algumas edições10 exemplares


1001 (132) 1001 books (116) a ler (1,478) Alegoria (170) animais (640) aventura (582) book club (143) Booker (125) Booker Prize Winner (152) Canadian (377) Canadá (267) contemporâneo (158) contos (118) e-livro (118) Espiritualidade (107) Fantasia (433) favorites (111) Ficção (4,808) ficção contemporânea (230) Filosofia (356) Holocausto (106) Jardim zoológico (228) lido (544) literary fiction (143) Literatura (343) Literatura do Canadá (323) Oceano (140) own (200) por ler (174) Prémio Man Booker (441) Realismo mágico (338) Religião (674) Romance (621) shipwreck (344) shipwrecks (114) survival (765) Século XXI (144) Tigre (258) Tigre (259) Índia (889)

Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Martel, Yann
Data de nascimento
Spanje (geboren)
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Salamanca, Spain
Locais de residência
Montreal, Canada
Saskatchewan, Canada
Trent University (Philosophy)
Martel, Émile (parent)
Martel, Réginald (uncle)

Fatal error: Call to undefined function isLitsy() in /var/www/html/inc_magicDB.php on line 425
Yann Martel lives in Canada.



OT - Suntup: Life of Pi em Folio Society Devotees (Agosto 2023)
Life of Pi em Someone explain it to me... (Agosto 2014)
Life of Pi: which story do you believe? em Book talk (Junho 2014)


30 Aug 2016: I will come back to this review later with more fleshed out thoughts, but I wanted to lay down my base reaction.

I started reading this story in February, and am only now finishing it at the end of August. It was a bit of a strange book to read. "The High Mountains of Portugal" is split into three parts: the first follows a young man named Tomas who drives about looking for a religious artifact; the second is the shortest, and is about a pathologist, Agatha Christie, and woven with magical realism; and the third is about a Canadian senator who adopts a chimpanzee. These three stories all tie together, but not in a very straightforwards sense.

I had to put this book down a while back after reading the Tomas story because all the constant talk and woes about his car was really beginning to grate on my nerves. I felt like I had read so much, yet received very little in return. And I've loved the other books by Martel I've read, and didn't want to keep reading this all while being disgusted by the car talk.
So, I came back to parts 2 and 3 more recently, and they were MUCH more engaging than the first.

In the second story, I found the discussion of Agatha Christie and Jesus Christ to be the more fascinating and original part. I really got into it, and even read it over a couple times.
The introduction of magic realism and the "twist" about the wife was a bit jarring, and in a way, I felt like it took her long Christie/Christ speech and threw it away a little.

The third story was my favorite, because I found Odo and Tovy's relationship and learning from each other to be utterly delightful. Tovy's musings about time passing and what he observes of Odo were very well written. These were definitely the characters I connected with the most.

Honestly, I thought the common thread between the three stories was stretched a bit thin. There is a quest and mystery than begins with Tomas, and I think that quest had a rushed "here's how everything connects" ending. I also think there is a big imbalance of story size. The pathologists story is very short, and could have provided readers with more context or clues or the like.

All in all, I still love Martel's prose. He has very fresh and original ideas, and I think he is a great writer whose work is never quite what I expect, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I will probably reread the Christie/Christ passages and Odo's story again at some point, but not the Tomas one.
… (mais)
deborahee | 53 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
An uneven book by a fine writer. I was disappointed but that doesn't mean every reader would be.
ben_r47 | 53 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
With 'The Life of Pi' Yann Martell tacitly promotes a positive, imaginative approach to life. The young protagonist Pi reveals his tale of a potentially tragic voyage across the sea in a life boat accompanied by a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. After an inital slow start this compelling tale gathers speed from page 80 onwards and concludes with the greatest ending to a book I have read; a magnificent prestige.
Dzaowan | 1,008 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |
Very well written adventure story that begins after a hundred or so pages. A great survival tale if taken at its simplest level.
dlinnen | 1,008 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |


Asia (1)
Canada (2)


You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
Marcado como favorito

Tabelas & Gráficos