Is Pi Patel's story honest in Yann Martel's Life of Pi?

Whether or not Pi Patel's story is honest in Yann Martel's Life of Pi is ultimately up to the reader to decide, because Pi provides two versions of his story and does not reveal at the end which one is actually true.

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When the lifeboat that Pi Patel and Richard Parker the tiger have been sharing for 227 days reaches the shores of Mexico, it is understandable that authorities have their doubts about his story.

The initial story that he tells involves a sinking ship, and Pi finding himself on a lifeboat with only a crippled zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker for company. The story goes that within a week the hyena, zebra, and orangutan have been killed by each other, leaving man and tiger to live harmoniously. As I said, it's a tough story to swallow.

It's also difficult to believe that boy and tiger could survive so long at sea, withstanding the brutal effects of the sun, as well as rainstorms, sharks, and the lack of food. This is not to mention the mental health issues that would undoubtedly have plagued Pi during his time stranded at sea.

When extreme doubt is cast upon his story, Pi comes up with a different story. In version two, he was stranded on the lifeboat...

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