__ What a strange book – It almost defies description - I can see why it won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. Without ruining the plot too much a large part of the book is about a sixteen year old boy being stranded in a life boat with a hyena, a zebra, a female orang-utan and a 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Sadly not all can survivie in the boat and the description of the pulling the leg off the zebra and then eating it, is horrific. Especially if read just after a meal. The poor zebra is still alive and survives for a further 24 hours as fresh food, gradually being eaten...
Sadly the same sort of thing happenes to quite a few of the animals in the boat as the days progress. Like all good books it has a fantastic twist at the end, which brought a smile to my face and some light relief as large parts of the book are not easy to read. I notice the comment from the Dailiy Telegraph as “A Hilarious novel..” All I can say is the reviewer must have a different sense of humour to mine.
Still a good read as book 28 – written book 20, audio book 8, in week 23 and I will look for other Yann Martel books to read in the future.
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