In this example above, a = from:
Tú pides demasiado a la vida.
You ask too much from life.
Él pide 100000 pesos al banco.
He is asking for 100000 pesos from the bank.
I would expect that we would use “del”, so is “al” correct?
Yes, it's preposition "a" what you need for this meaning of "from" with the verb pedir.
Le pedí dinero a mi hermano.
Le pedí un préstamo al banco.
The only context I can think of using "de" with pedir is here for example:
Estás pidiendo mucho de mí.
You are asking too much from me.
The difference I see is that here the nuance is being "demanding".
Inma's answer is spot on.
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