The author's note explains how Life of Pi came to be written, saying that after the author had published his second book (and first novel), he jumped right into another one. He went to India to work on it, but found the novel stalled. While there, people told him stories. Most of these were unimpressive, but one person in Pondicherry, India, told him the story of Pi Patel, which he later researched more fully in Canada.
As with any first-person narrative in a novel, these claims should be taken with a grain of...
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