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4.0 out of 5 stars
The best things come to those who wait, 30 Sep 2003
I read the back cover of this book in bookshops many times before I forced myself to buy it. Even then, I was dubious about whether the plot would contain enough interest due to the confines of a lifeboat and one character. As I read the first 100 pages I became impatient for the story to "begin", however I sailed (no pun intended) past p120 and soon realised that I was hooked. You have to invest some time at the start of this book to fully appreciate the character and the predicament in totality. Believe me, it is definitely worth the investment.
This book offers you the company of a boy and his story of survival in the most unlikeliest of scenarios. It has that great combination of being well written but easy to read. I finished it with that feeling of bittersweet loss when you know you've read a great book and will miss the companionship offered by the main character. I even miss the tiger!