Sugestão de fim-de-semana * Weekend suggestion

Saborear castanhas e água-pé.
Eat chestnuts and drink piquette.

Experimentar uma receita nova.
Try a new recipe.

E ler um livro.
And read a book.

The life of Pi (a.k.a. A vida de Pi, 2001), Yann Martel

Publicado em Portugal pela Difel em 2003, A Vida de Pi valeu a Yann Martel o Man Booker Prize de 2002, entre outros prémios, e figurou como bestseller do New York Times durante mais de um ano. Sete anos após a primeira edição, a obra ocupa a 74ª posição no top de ficção da Amazon americana e o 99º lugar na tabela de vendas da amazon inglesa. A Vida de Pi encontra-se publicada em mais de 40 países.

Quando Pi tem dezasseis anos, a família decide emigrar para a América do Norte num navio cargueiro juntamente com os habitantes do zoo. Porém, o navio afunda-se logo nos primeiros dias de viagem. Pi vê-se na imensidão do Pacífico a bordo de um salva-vidas acompanhado de uma hiena, um orangotango, uma zebra ferida e um tigre de Bengala. Em breve restarão apenas Pi e o tigre.

Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

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.