We're at the beach this week and we all have beach books. Mine is "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris, because nothing says the beach quite like a book with a skeleton smoking a cigarette on its cover.
My sister is reading "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. I haven't read "Life of Pi" but it got 3.14 stars on Amazon so it must be good. I've been reading over my sister's shoulder for the past two days, but I can only see the left page due to my shoddy vantage point. I also occasionally miss a word or two whenever a woman in a skimpy bikini struts by. Anyway, here's what I've been able to find out about the book so far:
The "Pi" mentioned in the book's title is the first name of one "Pi Patel." Mr. Patel is an Indian guy who owns a hotel and doesn't like curry. I know what you're thinking: What!? An Indian person who doesn't like curry? That can't be true... could it?
Pi's family owns a zoo and tries to move their animals from India to somewhere else (the unknown destination was on the right page, which I couldn't see), but along the way their boat explodes in a towering pyre of animal flesh, leaving Pi alone on a boat with a tiger. Since Pi ultimately survives the book (or so we assume), then we know that the tiger in question wasn't an Auburn Tiger, otherwise Pi would have thrown himself overboard somewhere around page 10.
I'm not sure of the details of Pi's survival, but I suspect it has something to do with his explicit knowledge of the Karma Sutra and the tiger's willingness to try new things. This also might explain why only two entities were on the boat in the beginning, but three land at Plymouth Rock and give smallpox to the natives. Or maybe I'm confusing the plot line with something else....
Either way, the next time you're at the beach I highly recommend reading either "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" or "Life of Pi." Or you could swim around in the ocean, since you can read any other day of the year but are only at the beach every once in a while.
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