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The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  194 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Along the Bay of Bengal, between the countries of India and Bangladesh, stretches a strange and beautiful landscape—part ocean, part river, part forest. This is the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, and it is home to more tigers than anywhere else on the earth. Nowhere else do tigers live in a mangrove swamp. Nowhere else do healthy tigers routinely hunt people. Yet about three hu ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1995)
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Richard Reese
Mar 23, 2015 Richard Reese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sundarbans is a region of mangrove forests spread across many islands. It straddles the border between India and Bangladesh, on the Bay of Bengal. In earlier times, it was a civilized place, a flourishing port region. Archaeologists recently discovered a walled city, built in the fourth century, that covered two and a half square miles (6.47 sq. km). Ruins are scattered throughout the jungle, including temples and monasteries. In 1586, a European visitor reported seeing fertile land and stur ...more
Suzanne Auckerman
Interesting book about a little known area and even though a National Park, not accessible to tourists. It seems to be the only area where tigers routinely kill and eat humans, many of which are not reported because the men are in the forest illegally poaching. It is the second book I have read that talks about the relationship between humans and tigers. The books were written about very different areas and by authors with different backgrounds and objectives. The common theme is areas where tig ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
Read this to catch a glimpse of people who live with an animal who kills them, and people who respect the lives of those tigers. A way of living with the unknown, the unknowable, and danger, and willing to live within a world they (we) cannot control. With respect, honor and love. And fear. An amazing view into how we once lived with animals.
Oct 13, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat about the tigers of Sundarbans, but more about the culture, life and religion of the Indian people who live in the area. Well written and informative. Interesting read. Brings to the reader the mystery and magic of these threatened and awe inspiring animals.
Tim Martin
Aug 30, 2012 Tim Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, nature, reviewed
_Spell of the Tiger: The Man-eaters of Sundarbans_ is an enjoyable and informative travelogue and work of popular nature writing by author Sy Montgomery. I found the book to be a fast read and it was good as some of her other nature writings, such as _Journey of the Pink Dolphins_.

The book was at times as much a portrait of the Sundarbans as of the tigers themselves and of the people who lived with them. The world's largest mangrove forest and one of the largest wilderness areas in India or Bang
David P
Nov 29, 2012 David P rated it really liked it
Among the few remaining strongholds of nature, in this age of vanishing wildlife, is a place where tigers still stalk and kill humans, not the other way around. That is a maze of saltwater swamps, mangrove forests and low islands, the "Sundarbans Tiger Preserve" in the delta of the Ganges, a true wilderness in spite of its proximity to metropolitan Calcutta. Its tigers subsist on deer and wild boar, but they do not fear man. Expert swimmers, they may leap onto a boat that has entered their doma ...more
Mar 16, 2009 lp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew going into Spell of the Tiger that the author was trying to trick me into picking it up with the awesome subtitle "The MAN-EATERS of Sundarbans" AND IT WORKED. If the following except does not entice you, then you are stronger willed than I:

"In Sundarbans, a crocodile might lurch from the water and grab you; a tiger could leap at you from land or water; as you wade ashore from a dinghy, sharks may attack. There are deadly snakes... such as the shutanuli, which is said to drop from the tr
Jun 16, 2015 k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book came across my radar, i was thrilled to find it in my library's database. What arrived, surprisingly, was The Man-Eaters of Sundarbans which is a children's book. A second search found this edition, the full story of Sy's journey for understanding the Tigers of this wild and mythical place.

The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve is holding so much. This "Beautiful Jungle" is the world's largest single area of halophytic mangrove forest, with the greatest remaining population of Bengal Tige
An amazing book. Anyone who loves tigers or the Indian subcontinent needs to read it, anyone interested in religion needs to read it as well.

Sy Mongomery is in my opinion one of the premier nature writers out there. This book is a great example of why. Taking a trip to the Sundarbans, a giant mangrove swamp where the local tiger population views the local human population as lunch, she explores the complex lives of the forest's residents. The prose delves into the intertwining of man, nature and
Mar 07, 2015 J.E.Lindberg rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by tigers and I do like Sy Montgomery's work; she crafts this tale with some beautiful language. The tigers of the Sundarbans are such an unlikely presence in the modern age. Big cats that routinely prey on humans and humans who have not exterminated them as would be the natural reaction of a species quite capable of such an act. A culture that has incorporated and accepted the presence of the primeval threat in their world view. The author was clearly smitten by the ...more
Apr 22, 2015 k rated it liked it
Library find which although informative, is written as if for children. (Later found Sy's book "Spell of the Tiger: the Maneaters of Sunderbans") Straightforward and realistic, an impressionable documentation. This would have given my six year old self many sleepless nights. However, there is wisdom here for developing minds. Realizing man is subject to predation and a part of "nature" and seeing how cultures co-exist with man-eaters is valuable knowledge. Tigers are the guardians of the wildnes ...more
Meredith Trotter
Jul 23, 2012 Meredith Trotter rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
Publication: 2001

Grade/Age: Ages 10-14

Annotation: A non-fiction book that explores the mystery of the tigers of Sundarbans. Almost all other kinds of tigers do not hunt humans, but these tigers are known for hunting and eating people.

Themes: Tigers, dangerous animals, the mangrove forests on the border between India and Bangladesh

Ways to use the book:

After reading the book, have students discuss or write the reason they think these tigers hunt and eat humans.

Have students research some of the ot
Feb 04, 2009 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is great writing, but while the natural history and the cultural descriptions interested me, I found myself drifting off as she described a lot of the religious ceremonies. Part of the problem, I think, is that the author had no idea what was going on at the time she experienced many of these things in the Indian Sundabarans (she didn't speak Bengali and her hosts didn't speak much English) so she only learned what had happened after the fact. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone who has an in ...more
Keesha 11-12
Apr 06, 2012 Keesha 11-12 rated it really liked it
The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans is really interesting. You get to catch a glimpse of people getting eaten by the animals they live with. This book provides information on these dangerous predators. After reading this book, I thought of how awful it must have been being eaten by a tiger. The pain that flows through your body must be excruciating. I really enjoyed reading this book.
David Ward
The Man-Eating Tigers of the Sundarbans by Sy Montgomery (HMH Books for Young Readers 2004) (599.756). The Sundarbans Tiger Preserve is found on the Bay of Bengal between India and Bangladesh. Most of the world's tigers live there – and they have a taste for humans. Does anybody else remember Sher Khan from The Jungle Book? My rating: 7/10, finished 2006.
Angie Ungaro
Sep 21, 2007 Angie Ungaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: naturalists
Shelves: adult_lit
Sy Montgomery is my hero. She's smart and concientious and a good writer and fearless and has adventures and tells the best stories. Wow. I kind of want to be her one day. I just don't know if I'm cut out the same stuff as she is. She's kind of way cooler than I am. Read her books. Especially "The Good, Good Pig." Do it now.
Jun 25, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-nonfiction, cats
Wow! Tigers that really attack and eat men! but these are men that ill advisedly go into the tiger preserve in this area of India. This preserve happens to be a huge mangrove swamp, and the local people are not supposed to go into the preserve. So if they get taken by a tiger, it really is on their own head!
Fascinating information; terrific photographs
Paul Davies C
Through out the book,the author tries to make people really scary of Sunderbans,especially its tigers. I am of the opinion that the author must have discussed a lot more positive aspects of Sunderbans in the book.
Tracy Elizabeth
Apr 18, 2008 Tracy Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating book. I felt a bit disconnected though. There was a TV documentary made from this book which really made up for my lack of readership skills.
Fascinating description of the fact and fiction surrounding tigers, looking at why certain tigers (and only certain tigers) eat men.
Paul Grossman
Jun 02, 2015 Paul Grossman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A fascinating look into the world of the form, and the world of myth and belief. This is a very unique look into the world of the tiger. A enlightening read.
Nov 02, 2009 Katrina rated it liked it
I thought this would be a bit different than it was...It's a short children's book with photographs, not in novel form. But it was interesting.
I found this difficult to read because of all the myths in it. That's just not my kind of reading. But I love this author and wanted to finish this one, so I plowed through it.
Jan 30, 2008 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written, inspiring, and uplifting book about man-eating tigers in India. And if you don't understand how that can possibly be, then you need to read this book!
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