Yann Martel says, "This book was born as I was hungry." What sort of emotional nourishment might "Life of Pi" have fed to its author?  

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Pi's story and its ability to affect the human spirit renewed Yann Martel's belief in the power of a truly good story, and art itself. In the author's note at the beginning of Life of Pi, Martel discusses the book's importance in his life. Martel refers to a period of failure in his writing career. He became disillusioned with writing and the art of storytelling until he was told the story that gave way to this book. His newfound source of inspiration reminded him of the proven value that imagination and storytelling have.


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In Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi there is, at the beginning of the novel, an author's note. It is here that Martel says, "This book was born as I was hungry." He goes on to describe the debut of his second novel, which was released in Canada and received poor reviews and very little reader interest. What is interesting about this author's note is that it is difficult to distinguish whether it is a part of the novel itself or merely a commentary by the author. The author's note is written in italics, as are the interjections of the author throughout the novel, as he is a sort of narrator....

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