You knew we were going to say this: madness is a little complicated in Life of Pi. Is faith a form of madness? Is the madness that causes animals to leave a warm, secure home the same as the madness of murder and cannibalism? Is the predator-prey relationship, so common in both natural and man-made worlds, a form of madness? Of course, like the good novelist he is, Martel leaves most of these questions open. If believing in beautiful stories, and in fictions that guide and explain our lives, counts as madness, then Martel suggests a little madness will do us a lot of good.