Trends in Contemporary Fiction as Observed in “Life of Pi” and Five Other Novels

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Essay #: 053654
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The beginning:
Signs of the Times: Trends in Contemporary Fiction As Observed in Life of Pi and Five Other Novels
Several trends or themes of contemporary fiction are evident in the group of novels under review, namely Life of Pi, Too Close to the Falls, Medicine River, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Lives of the Saints, and Paddy Clarke Ha
Ha
Ha
. These trends, which range from surrealism to multi-
culturalism
to broken families to idiosyncratic personal expression, can be said to reflect the modern world in all its strangeness, variety and strife.
By far the most fantastical of these works is
Yann
Martel’s Life of Pi, which traces the bizarre sea adventure of a 16-year-old Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and ends up sharing a lifeboat with a...
The end:
.....h broken families (excepting Pi -- although he does end up parentless as a result of the shipwreck) accounts, in part, for their relevance and emotional power.
Works Cited
Doyle,
Roddy
. Paddy Clarke Ha
Ha
Ha
. Vintage Books, London, 1998 (orig. 1993)
Gildiner
, Catherine. Too Close to the Falls. ECW Press, Toronto, 1999
Hathaway, Henry (dir.). Niagara. 1953 motion picture. Twentieth Century Fox.
King, Thomas. Medicine River. Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2005 (orig. 1989)
Martel,
Yann
. Life of Pi. Vintage Canada (Random House), Toronto, 2002 (orig. 2001)
Ricci, Nino. Lives of the Saints. Cormorant Books, Inc., Toronto, 2008 (orig. 1990)
Tyler, Anne. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
Ballantine
Books (Random House),
New York, 2007 (orig. 2004)