At first I didn't think I was going to get to the end of this book, I found the first half quite tedious if I'm honest. However the second half was very different and at times I found it hard to put down. The story tells of a young boy's struggle to stay alive after his ship sinks in the middle of the ocean. He has a Bengal tiger, a zebra and an orangutan for company - at least at the beginning of his ordeal. At times this story will turn your stomach with the graphic descriptions of the things a man is prepared to do to stay alive. A very exciting struggle for survival and an unexpectedly brilliant story. There is a subtext and in places I began to wonder if he was dreaming or whether these things were actually happening - perhaps he was suffering from sunstroke? It was no surprise then when, at the end of the book these questions were actually raised. Did these animals really exist? How much did I enjoy the book? I'm glad I read it, I'd give it 5/10 but, I have to be honest, it hasn't made me want to go and see the film.
I didn't get an opportunity to make a piece of art connected to this book - maybe I'll do an art journal page at some point and link it back.
The next book I'm reading/reviewing will be 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier