Struggle For Survival In Yann Martel's Life Of Pi

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CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT

SUBMITTED BY J.LINNETTE JOHN MAJELLA III BA ENGLISH LITERATURE 12E4039

Struggle for Survival in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi
Canadian literature refers to literature that originates from Canada. The predominant themes dealt in the works of Canadian literature includes Failure, Nature, Multiculturalism, search for identity, self- depreciation and so on. The dominant cultures of Canada are the British, the French as well as the aboriginal.
Yann Martel is an emerging voice in Canadian literature today. He has written two novels, Self and Beatrice and Virgil which turned out to be an absolute failures but with the publication of his novel, Life of Pi(2001), bagged the Man Booker Prize in 2002. The novel won the Boeke Prize, a South African novel award in 2003. In 2004, it won the Asian/ Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001-2003.In 2012 it was adapted into a theatrical feature film directed by Ang Lee.
He made his both ends meet by writing novels. After his initial failures, he turned to India for an amazing story and India didn’t let her guest down as usual. During his stay in Pondicherry, he happened to get the story from Piscine Molitor Patel who claimed that his story would make him believe in God.
The novel, Life of Pi, which is structured on 100 chapters runs into 319 pages. The novel’s setting moves from India to

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