Pi Patel is the sole survivor of a shipwreck that takes place between his native India and Canada, where his family is bound with their zoo animals. Pi talks about his life in India, helping his family run the little zoo, and how much he learns about the animals under his care.
After the shipwreck (the cause for which is never fully explained), he recounts his 220+ days in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ... and how the hyena, zebra and orangutan who had originally been with them meet their demise.
This is a fascinating philosophical look at the meaning of family, for a wide variety of reasons that I cannot reveal without delivering spoilers. It's also a story of courage and endurance, and of self-awareness.
I love the narration of the unabridged audio version to which I listened, with the characters clearly differentiated. I enjoyed the overall story as well, with its entertaining plot and philosophical twists.
Highly recommended for fans of literary fiction.