Ah what a wonderful story! I thought I wasn't going to like the ending but I was pleasantly surprised when the truth came out despite the improbability of it.
If you love animals, and if you love life, if you have a passion for belief in God, and if you have a desire for fancy writing and a great tail (spelled correctly) then this is the story for you. I doubt it makes the top charts on reading lists but it should.
Summary: PI Patel sets off on life only to wind up as a 16 year old castoway stranded alone at sea with a bengal tiger stranded with him in the life boat. It is a battle of wits, not sure who one the battle in the end but each came to rely upon the other for survival.
Storyline: I give 5 out of 5 stars due to the depth and richness of this story.
Writing style: 4.5 out of 5 stars. He could have made this a complete work of religion and faith. The story works because he did not. Mr. Martel is strong writer with an enjoyable style. The multiple chapters... I believe 100 actually help pull the story. If there were fewer chapters I believe that the reader would have the sense that Mr. Martel was attempting to extend the storyline, but as it is it works perfectly.
Depth/Inspiration: 5 out of 5 stars. Hold on to living as long as you can. In your desperation when you run out of solutions God makes a way. I don't know how many will pick this up but it is there as well.
Entertainment/Education value: 3 out of 5 stars. Not as educating as it could have been but definitely entertaining. Not certain if it has a second read in it for me or not. Time might leave me craving for a second read and if it does then I'll also have to bump this up to a 5 star rating as well as the total value of the book.