A very strange book. The Financial Times reviewer got it spot on when said it is like "Joseph Conrad and Salman Rushdie hallucinating together...". However, I nearly gave up three quarters of the way through, leaving Pi stuck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but I eventually came back to it and followed him through to landfall and beyond. And I am glad now that I did, even though I did find the ending a little disappointing. Anyhow, if ever I have to live in close quarters with a Bengal tiger, I now know what I have to do.