This book is about teenage boy shipwrecked, and had to share a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for over 200 days. I was as one reviewer put it, at the mercy of Martel’s great story-telling. It took me less than a week, stealing some time here and there to read it. It also helps now that I take the bus. There’s a nice overview of it in the wikipedia . I don’t think I have been so taken in by fiction accept maybe books by Tagore. Yet some of his lines are Tagore like. Nice to chew on for quite some time. But of course no one can outdo Tagore’s phraseology. I also like the way the story starts of in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. That’s a place I visited last year and hopefully again in June. I can just hear the vehicles honking away now, way into the night.
The situation (starvation, eating raw stuff; even tiger’s turd) on the boat reminds me off another excellent book I stumble upon in leafy Richmond, just by the Thames in a nice Waterstones bookstore more than 5 years ago. Its called In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick and more on it on PBS . It must be one of the top 3 books I have read. Anyone wants to borrow?