Pi Patel is an unusual boy. Son of a zookeeper, he is almost more familiar with the ways of the animal world then that of the one in which he lives. He is fascinated by religion and practices not only Hinduism, but Christianity and Islam. When Pi is a young teenager his family sells the zoo and many of its animals to immigrate to Canada. They travel aboard a Japanese ship with their remaining animals bound for their new home. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself alone lost at sea on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a large Bengal tiger.
I found this novel incredibly difficult to get into in the beginning (pretty much the entire Part I) with Pi's life in India. Once the ship sinks the story becomes a realistic and rousing tale of survival. Although well the beginning was well written I found it slow however, I feel that the survival tale makes up for this in the end.