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November 23, 2012

Life of Pi author Yann Martel: “Overall, I think it’s a wonderful companion piece”

Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from “Life of Pi.”

By Mark Medley

Piscine Molitor Patel, better known as Pi to his friends and family, spent 227 days on a lifeboat, floating across the Pacific Ocean, his only company a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film version of Life of Pi floated aimlessly for ten times as long. Rumours about a possible film adaptation began to swirl almost as soon as the novel won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. Directors M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) were all attached at one point or another, before Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) came aboard. His film opens in theatres on Wednesday, and it was worth the wait. Mark Medley recently chatted with the book’s author, Yann Martel, from his home in Saskatoon.

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