Life of Yann Martel

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Life of Yann Martel Born on June 25, 1963 in Salamanca, Spain, Yann Martel had a unique childhood. His parents who were Canadian born, had joined the Canadian foreign service. The result was Martel being raised in Canada, Costa Rica, France, Spain, and Mexico. Martel studied philosophy in Ontario at Trent University from 1981 to 1984. He was 27 years old when he decided to become a full-time author, after having spent some time working odd jobs such as tree planting, dishwasher, security guard, and parking lot attendant. The travelling throughout his childhood continued into adulthood where he has visited various countries including Iran and Turkey and spent over a year in India. It has been said that his travels throughout his life have influenced his writing, and he continues to travel using the knowledge he gains while travelling to develop his storylines. Martel has a great interest in temples, churches, and zoos. This greatly impacted his way of writing when he wrote Life of Pi, his inner person is brought into fruition. A common theme that runs throughout the novel, which is influenced by Martel’s personal life, is the nature in religious belief. In the novel, Pi believes in three different religions, and also admires others who believe in different religions. Martel also has a great love for religion; he enjoys visiting churches and temples as a form of recreation for personal enjoyment. Major Works and Awards Won It was during his travels in 1993 that Martel wrote his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, which won the Journey Prize. The stories deal with themes such as music, war, illness, grief, and death. His second work was a novel published in 1996 called Self, which deals with themes of sexuality and identity. His international recognition however came with the writing of the book,

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