'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel - Book Club Discussion Questions


Life of Pi by Yann Martel is one of those books that becomes richer when you can discuss it with friends. These book club discussion questions on Life of Pi will allow your book club to delve into the questions Martel raises.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Pi believes that animals in a zoo are no worse off than animals in the wild. Do you agree with him?
  2. Pi considers himself a convert to Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism? Is it possible to practice all three faiths faithfully? What is Pi's reasoning in not choosing one?
  3. Pi's story of surviving on a lifeboat with zoo animals is rather incredible. Did the far-fetched nature of the story ever bother you? Was Pi a convincing storyteller?
  4. What is the significance of the floating islands with the meerkats?
  5. Discuss Richard Parker. What does he symbolize?
  6. What is the connection between zoology and religion in Pi's life? Do you see connections between these fields? What does each of the fields teach us about life, survival, and meaning?
  7. Pi is forced to tell the shipping official a more credible story. Does his story without animals change your view of the story with animals?
  8. Neither story can be proved one way or the other, so Pi asks the official which story he prefers. Which do you prefer? Which do you believe?
  9. Throughout Life of Pi, we hear about interactions between the author and adult Pi. How do these interactions color the story? How does knowing Pi survives and has a "happy ending" with a family affect your reading of his survival account?
  10. What is the significance of the name "Pi?"
  11. Rate Life of Pi on a scale of 1 to 5.