I judge books by their covers.
Sometimes this widely criticized method fails me, but not often. The book I’m currently reading is entitled Life of Pi and is an example of a book Karin and I purchased as a direct result of its beautiful cover art (shown here; newer printings have a less lovely cover).
I only just started it today and am currently in the midst of the third chapter. I just came across a sentence which spoke to me and what it said was, “You are going to absolutely love this book, Kirk.” It used a set of different words to say this, of course. Here is the sentence:
I have nothing to say of my working life, only that a tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he’s not careful.
I could have written that sentence myself (were I as eloquent as the author). I have always likened a necktie to a noose and I have gone to great lengths to avoid wearing one. I even admitted recently that I don’t even own a tie.
So, based on my appreciation for good artwork and an inversely proportionate loathing of neckties, I am quite certain Life of Pi is going to be one hell of a novel. And sure, the multiple literary awards it has won don’t hurt.