Life of Pi by Yann Martel begins with a boy named Pi, his family, and their zoo in 1970s India. I loved reading about Pi’s family, teachers, and religious explorations. My favorite aspect of this book was the spirituality. As a teen, Pi finds himself practicing multiple religions simultaneously. He also shares with the reader many interesting facts about animal psychology. But Pi’s life is about to change forever when his family relocates their zoo from India to North America, only to be swallowed by the sea.
For seven months, Pi is stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with nothing other than a live Bengal tiger on his lifeboat. What kept me reading were not only the accounts of how Pi and the tiger survived together, but the inner dialogues running through Pi’s head. He is a sympathetic, lovable narrator, and this original survival story of man vs. nature is not easily forgotten.