I don’t know how to write about this one.
Did I enjoy it? Yes. Is it easy to read? Absolutely; the pages zip by. Are the characters memorable? Definitely. And the two main settings of an open lifeboat and a strange, meerkat-infested island in the Pacific are vividly realised.
But I have absolutely no idea what it’s all about.
A young, shipwrecked Christian Hindu Muslim drifts across the Pacific in an open lifeboat, with only a Royal Bengal tiger for company. They survive mainly on fish and rainwater, then meerkats and algae, before reaching Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle. The Christian Hindu Muslim reaches adulthood and recounts his story to a writer seeking inspiration. The end.
That’s all a little flippant, I know, and please don’t think it means that I didn’t enjoy this. I really, really did. It was a terrific read.
Just don’t ask me what it all means.