Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
What it's about: Pi Patel is a young boy with an interest in religion and in zookeeping. His family decides to move to Canada, but on the way there, their ship sinks, and Pi ends up stuck in a lifeboat with a tiger that was part of the ship's cargo. Until he is rescued or makes his way to land, Pi has to figure out how to survive on the lifeboat and how to keep himself from becoming the tiger's next meal.
What I thought: The story here is simple but beautifully told, with very easy, simple, and yet deep prose. I mean, all of the authors I like can tell a good story, but it takes some special skill to make the words so, well, evocative, bringing out the sensations of the world for the reader to truly experience. Besides that, the observations made really make you think as you read, make you want to evaluate your beliefs in the light of what has been said.
Overall: A beautiful book that will make you think and sweep you away into the world of its story.