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I’m a huge fan of Life of Pi by Yann Martel — and am looking forward to the Thanksgiving release of the film version directed by Ang Lee.

On this blog, I try to avoid discussions of politics and religion because I feel these topics are polarizing and not really what this site is about (we talk about writing, art, and culture) — but, in its way, this post touches on both politics and religion.

So, without further preamble, here is a fan letter Yann Martel received from a reader who enjoyed Life of Pi. (For the record, at the end of the novel, Martel asks readers whether they prefer his book with or without animals — a tiger named Richard Parker is one of the main characters.)

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(In case you can’t read the handwriting, here is the text: Mr. Martel, My daughter and I just finished reading LIFE OF PI together. Both of us agreed we prefer the story with animals. It is a lovely book — an elegant proof of God and the power of storytelling. Thank you. Barack Obama)