Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
in Yann Martel's visionary novel, a young boy named Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with an injured zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a fierce Bengal tiger for company. Or is he?
The book weaves in and out of reality, and it is never clear which scenes are fabricated by the narrator, and whether he is telling the "truth" about how he survived a shipwreck in the first place. Martel's magical prose makes for an exhilarating tale of psychology and spiritualism, regardless of the "true" nature of events, and we are treated to a heartfelt commentary on humanity's need for stories in order to construct meaning out of our lives.