Rate: 4 of 5
Genre: Novel, slice-of-life
The novel has three parts:- Main character’s childhood, a chronicle of surviving with a tiger and an interview with investigators.
Piscine Molitor Patel, a zookeeper’s son, was thrown away into a life-saver boat from a sinking ship by frightened crews. He thought that they saved his life but turned to be a meal for an escaped tiger! The tiger jumped into the sea and swam toward the boat where the boy was. His family and he had decided to move from their country, India to Canada with some of their zoo animals because of political clashes and poor economy. Travelling to the Canada, the ship had started to sink without a warning.
The sole survivor lived in fear as he was trying to get out of the tiger’s sight and hide under a built-in bench to avoid the tiger’s attacks. Later, a orang-utan and a zebra appeared in the sea and reached the boat by swimming from the sunken ship. Another companion was a hyena which was not easy to be tamed. Herbivore, injured zebra, female, seasick monkey, hungry, wild-like hyena, moody, ignoring tiger and 16-years-old, lonely boy in the same boat. The boy had two choices – be eaten by the tiger or killing it.
Review: after reading this book, it is touching, inspiring and memorable. The author is creative. One interesting thing in it is about a strange island. I am wondering if it does exist. It is the carnivore island. It can kill a human, huh? Because the algae release strong acid in night. Another concept is about animal’s behaviours. They are very definitive. I agree that a tiger is much easy to be tamed. A part of Pi’s childhood is very humorous. A heat agrument of his religious mentors.