Study Guide

Life of Pi Part 1, Chapter 18

By Yann Martel

Part 1, Chapter 18

  • In this chapter, Pi discovers Islam.
  • Pi wanders into the Muslim quarter in Pondicherry. He's now fifteen years old.
  • He enters a shop with candies, Thums Up, and some sort of unleavened bread. A man startles him by asking if he'd like to try some of the bread. He would. It's doughy but filling.
  • The baker shows him how to make the bread. And he also prays in front of Pi since, while Pi is in the shop, the muezzin sounds the call of prayer. To Pi, it's a physical, striking way of praying.
  • Pi is impressed.