I tried to like this book. A story of a boy and a tiger trapped together in the ocean on a lifeboat. Sign me up! I think part of the problem, for me, was the amount of scenes where nothing of importance happened. Like the scene talking about eating the tiger's feces. There might have been buckets full of symbolism in that, but I didn't find it interesting or insightful. The other problem was that I found a large amount of the symbolism clunky, like the two Mr. Kumars. Science vs faith didn't work for me there. It was just too obvious.
There were scenes that I did like, the scene where Pi was calling to Richard Parker to swim to the boat after the cargo ship sank. After finishing the story that scene worked beautifully for me. I also enjoyed the algae island scenes, especially the interactions between Richard Parker and Pi. The symbolism of that, on that island, would be something I would like to delve deeper into.
In the end there was a bit too much hit or miss for me to really enjoy this book.