Texts in the City: Life of Pi
In this week’s Texts in the City, bookseller and novelist Peter Mews joins Jenny Niven in a discussion about Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.
Together, they reveal layers of meaning in the text. Given the way the story is structured, what does it say about truth, reality and authorship? What are anthropomorphism and zoomorphism, and what do they mean in this book? What is the significance of the book’s opening line? And – in this unusual, layered work of fiction – what is the role of faith and despair?
Jenny Niven was the Wheeler Centre’s Associate Director. She is currently Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative Scotland.
Peter Mews is a Melbourne bookseller and novelist. He is the author of Maritime (1996) and Bright Planet (2004), which was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award. He is also the owner of the Brunswick Street Bookstore.