Have you read the novel Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel? Or have you seen the film directed by Ang Lee that is currently in movie theatres?
Then you know the story is about an Indian youth named Pi Patel who is trapped in a lifeboat at sea with a ferocious tiger named Richard Parker.
The story explores the very best and highest expressions of human nature and the very worst as well.
What is the true meaning of good and evil? of human nature? of life? You know, the BIG questions of existence.
The novel won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2002. The film is currently nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
The film is beautifully shot and has many visually stunning scenes. Plus a lot of action due to, you know, the presence of a man-eating tiger.
However, I think the screenwriters chickened out a bit by softening the novel's full horror, which is simply hinted at and soft-pedaled in the film rather than being as unflinching as in the book.
But I still highly recommend both the book and the film. They will give you much to think about.