July 2013 Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This was a really compelling book for me for the first third or so of the book. The story was about an Indian boy whose father owned a zoo on Pondicherry, India (south along the coast from Chennai). The boy, Pi (short for Piscine) finds religion in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. I thought there was some very good descriptions and points of view expressed about all 3 religions, and I especially appreciated getting to know a little more about Hinduism, and some Hindu stories.

The family decides to move to Canada on a cargo ship which sinks in the Pacific ocean. Pi is left alone in a life raft with several animals, including a 450 pound Bengal tiger. Most of the rest of the book is about their survival for months at sea. As they floated across the pacific, the story began to get a little too strange for me. I'm not sure I want to see the movie because I can't imagine how the story could be told on screen.

At the beginning, the author says that he was put on to this story by an old man in a Pondicherry coffee shop who told him that the story "would make him believe in God." I did not come away from the book with any new religious insight based on Pi's ordeal at sea. I think it's well written and certainly a unique story.