Life of Pi by Yann Martel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It seems like it should be long and boring, the story of a boy shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Then I started reading it and realized that part of the story doesn't begin until 100 pages into the book, and then it goes on for another 200 pages. What could possibly be said? But it was a good story and entertaining in its detail.
I bought an illustrated version as a gift and thought it would have been nice to be reading that version.
In the middle of it, I mentioned the book to M, who said she's avoided it because she doesn't like didactic books. After looking up didactic, I thought this one isn't trying to teach a lesson, it's just an adventure/survival story, like Hatchet. But upon further reflection I decided she was right. The book draws a parallel between Pi's story and religious stories, and makes a point that to me, speaks to religious tolerance. But read it for yourself and make your own decision.