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Life of Pi

Movie Release Date: December 21st, 2012
Directed By: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan and Tobey Maguire
Movie plot:

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 2001
Written By: Yann Martel
Book Description:

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel — known as Pi — has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions — Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Thus begins Pi Patel’s epic, 227-day voyage across the Pacific, and the powerful story of faith and survival at the heart of Life of Pi. Worn and scared, oscillating between hope and despair, Pi is witness to the playing out of the food chain, quite aware of his new position within it. When only the tiger is left of the seafaring menagerie, Pi realizes that his survival depends on his ability to assert his own will, and sets upon a grand and ordered scheme to keep from being Richard Parker’s next meal.

As the days pass, Pi fights both boredom and terror by throwing himself into the practical details of surviving on the open sea — catching fish, collecting rain water, protecting himself from the sun — all the while ensuring that the tiger is also kept alive, and knows that Pi is the key to his survival. The castaways face gruelling pain in their brushes with starvation, illness, and the storms that lash the small boat, but there is also the solace of beauty: the rainbow hues of a dorado’s death-throes, the peaceful eye of a looming whale, the shimmering blues of the ocean’s swells. Hope is fleeting, however, and despite adapting his religious practices to his daily routine, Pi feels the constant, pressing weight of despair. It is during the most hopeless and gruelling days of his voyage that Pi whittles to the core of his beliefs, casts off his own assumptions, and faces his underlying terrors head-on. – From ‘Knopf Canada’ book jacket

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Books - 2001, Movies - 2012

 

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Monte Carlo

Movie Release Date:
Directed By: Thomas Bezucha
Starring: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith, Pierre Boulanger and Katie Cassidy
Movie plot:

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: June 2001
Originally Published as: The Headhunters
Written By: Jules Bass
Book Description:

Four women conspire to pose as the world’s wealthiest women and spend a week in Monte Carlo to meet Mr. Right (also known as Mr. Rich). But they pull off their scheme so well, they’ve attracted the interest of four charming, elegant, well-dressed men–who have a very similar plan in mind. – From ‘Jove’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Books - 2001, Movies - 2011

 

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Limitless

Movie Release Date: March 18th, 2011
Directed By: Neil Burger
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish
Movie plot:

A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2001
Originally Published as: The Dark Fields
Written By: Alan Glynn
Book Description:

Imagine a drug that makes your brain function in a fantastically efficient way, tapping in to your fundamental resources of intelligence and drive. Imagine a drug that could make you read and remember entire books in a matter of hours, or learn a foreign language in a day. Imagine a drug that could make you process information so fast you can see the patterns on the stock market. Eddie Spinola is on such a drug. It’s a pill called MDT-48. It’s a Viagra for the brain, a designer drug that’s redesigning his life. Eddie’s not the only one doing MDT, but with his dealer shot dead and Eddie escaping with a large stash, he’s the only one with a supply. And while the drug is helping Eddie make the sort of money he’s only dreamed about, he’s also beginning to suffer its side-effects… – From ‘Little, Brown and Company’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Books - 2001, Movies - 2011

 

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