Winner of the Booker Prize 2002. Piscine Molitor Patel, otherwise known as Pi, lives in Pondicherry, where his father runs and owns the city s zoo. When he is sixteen, his parents decide to emigrate to Canada, taking their large family with them, but tragedy strikes when the cargo ship carrying them sinks during a terrible storm. One solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. In it are five survivors: Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of 2002.