Saturday, April 7, 2012

Five notable books on castaways

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on castaways:
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

Heard the one about a 16-year-old zookeeper's son who finds himself adrift on a lifeboat in the Atlantic Ocean with a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger? As his fellow shipmates are consumed one-by-one by the jungle cat, the only thing that saves young Pi from becoming dinner is his understanding of animal behavior. Martel spins a transcendent yarn in this award-winning, international bestseller that braids deep questions about human nature and faith into a tale that celebrates the lifesaving power of stories themselves.
Read about the other books on the list.

Life of Pi is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best zoos in literature and among Sara Gruen's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue