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Tiger Hills

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,470 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
THE THORN BIRDS meets A SUITABLE BOY in this epic tale of a forbidden love that will last for generations.
Paperback, 593 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Orion Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 02, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this. I loved the setting and plus, it's historical fiction so odds were in my favor, but it wasn't meant to be. This was so depressing and never mind that this was the longest tragedy parade I've ever listened to. It actually started out great, but then it got all tragic, then even more tragic and on and on. Tragedy, actually, is not a deal breaker for me. There was just so much and some of this didn't match up with what we were given to know about the characters. Some of ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Tania rated it liked it
Set in Coorg in Southern India at the turn of the nineteenth century this is a beautifully written and intricate multi-generational story full of rich cultural details, lush settings and a wide swath of characters. Reminded me of Cutting for Stone in its lyrical sense of place and character (which tended to be too much at times in this book), and of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind – the heroine is spoilt and strong willed, not necessarily likable, and she makes choices that affect and have ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Hayley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
For her first novel, Mandanna's writing is absolutely outstanding. The book is actually 591 pages long, yet it felt like so much less.
This was such a beautiful story. I came to care about the two protagonists more than I thought I would. As I got to the last few pages I was devastated that I would have to say goodbye to them.
The story gave me a clearer understanding of the people who lived in India 100 years ago. They were extremely hard-working and hugely loving, and they had such a great sense
Parthiban Sundaram
Aug 31, 2011 Parthiban Sundaram rated it really liked it
I read Sarita Mandanna's Tiger Hills sometime back. Had been wanting to write a review but could not. I have forgotten most of the details but based on the impressions the book left on me, here are a few notes:

The tiger hills novel tells a triangular love story set in the lushly wooded and beautiful Coorg Hills of the western ghats. The story starts in the late 19th century when the country was still under British rule and it progresses through the times of much turmoil as the World Wars and the
Saloni Sharma
Mar 30, 2013 Saloni Sharma rated it really liked it
Been a long time since I read anything quite as well-crafted, as engaging, as heart-breaking. Recommended to anyone interested in Indian writing in English.
Mar 06, 2012 Doreen rated it liked it
This historical novel is an Indian "Gone with the Wind." Set between 1878 and 1936, it is a multi-generational saga about a love triangle.

This love triangle, involving Devi, Devanna and Machu, serves as a catalyst for a long sequence of tragedies. Devi, the female lead who connects all the main characters, makes choices with far-reaching consequences for the men who love her. Devanna is her childhood sweetheart until Devi meets Machu, the tiger killer.

Devi, spoilt, self-centred and stubborn, i
Sep 05, 2011 Ali rated it really liked it

At a little under 600 pages this is quite a big book. The story however is a huge, sweeping, page turner of a saga. Beginning in 1878 with the birth of Devi, the narrative follows the fortunes of her, and childhood playmate Devanna and their families through to the second world war. Charting how one tiny decision or act can change the direction of a life completely. Also how so often people's choices were (and maybe still are) limited due to family pride, tradition and social convention. I can't
Jan 02, 2016 Ming rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Very engaging. And it was 4 stars...up until the end... the loose ends got wrapped up TOO neatly, TOO artificially. I'm talking about the last hospital scene...simply too fake and felt very contrived.

Two favorite quotes (among many):

"Love is breath, yes, but also what follows after, when all breath is done, when all the remains is silence. Love is water, yearning for the sea. It is the tree that must remain rooted while reaching for the sky. It is shadow, freighted with abse
Jyoti Babel
May 31, 2011 Jyoti Babel rated it liked it
Sunday, February 20, 2011Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
Tiger Hills, the debut novel by Sarita Mandanna is an epic tragic love story that runs through generations. The story is set in Coorg in Southern India, beginning in the late 1800s through the war time years of the 20th century. Mandanna has given such vivid description of Coorg's luscious landscape, green jungles, rich cultural tradition and food that one can immediately be involved and submerged in the story and be completely entranced by
Stephen Clynes
May 10, 2015 Stephen Clynes rated it it was amazing
This novel is set in Coorg, Southern India and runs from 1878 to 1940. It is a cross generational love story told in the third person. It is not a slushy romance but a story that explores the gripping emotion of love. This is a book that men can enjoy because Sarita understands just how people form loving bonds. Through the story the foundation of love is explained with the characters as they grow wiser with age. There is no explicit sex in this novel but lots of emotional turmoil.

Sarita’s writi
Bhargavi Balachandran

I first fell in love with Mandana's writing after reading a bunch of short stories by her in an anthology published by Unisun Publishers sometime back. Among the stories in the book, Mandana's beautiful words and stories stood out.I promptly copied a few passages that I found riveting into my book I keep for chronicling memorable writing i come across. And then ...boom.. Tiger Hills happened and she got catapulted into literary stardom.I have been wanting to read this book ever since i attended
Oct 01, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012, india
Tiger Hills is an epic novel that spans most of Devi's lifetime. Devi, Devanna, and Machu are all layered, multi-dimensional characters. They are flawed but heartbreakingly sympathetic, each in their own way. Ms. Mandanna even spends quite a bit of time building out the secondary characters like Nanju and Appu as well. Even if I didn't agree with an action one of the characters took, I knew exactly why they would do such a thing because the author paid so much attention to each character's ...more
Connie Mayo
Sep 09, 2011 Connie Mayo rated it liked it
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Aug 21, 2012 Valentina rated it really liked it
If you enjoy historical, family sagas, then this book needs to be on your TBR list. It is a sweeping tale of love, hate, redemption and most importantly, forgiveness.
There is such beauty to this book. From the opening, with its lush descriptions of herons, to the very last page, it envelops you in an exotic landscape full of wonder. And that’s without even including the characters. But with this book, the land itself is another character, and a protagonist at that.
Devi, Devanna and Machu, the th
Shilpi Jain
Aug 06, 2012 Shilpi Jain rated it it was ok
Patience- that's what Devi, the central character of the book learns the hard way in this book and that's exactly what Sarita Mandanna, the author teaches the readers and in exactly the similar fashion. Set in the early 1900's in the picturesque Coorg in the backdrop of the World Wars with socio-political elements of the early twentieth-century India- you'd almost think the book has all the elements of a compelling read but alas! The pace nearly kills you for the first 100 or so pages but gets ...more
Emma Abson
Aug 06, 2012 Emma Abson rated it it was ok
Wonderfully written but just so depressing to read. If you like a book where everything is awful, and there really isn't a happy ending, then get involved. The main character (Devi) is really not very likeable (why are strong women always written in such a way that they are immediately dislikable? We can be both strong and nice, I'm sure of it) and the themes of lost love and life changing consequences are, in my opinion over egged. It did, however, give an interesting look at colonialism and ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it
I picked this book up for lack of anything else that caught my interest in the library. And I was disappointed. The story was slow, and painful. The author is the type to use big words without really needing to. The enhanced vocabulary did nothing for the story, in fact, I found it hard to believe at times, particularly when referring to characters who were not highly educated. This story centered around doomed love, and how wallowing in it can ruin ones life. And it was boring. I finished the ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
I liked the title of the book and that made me curious to read what 'Tiger Hills' is about..This is Sarita's first book and I must say her writing style is really nice..description of coorg,the coffee plantations etc is amazing..However I thought the plot of the story and the characters could have been much more defined.Devi,the main character-I didnt like many of her traits..and that put me off,there were many instances where I felt like shaking her up and telling her to get over Machu..However ...more
May 12, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I literally could not put it down once I started. It spans the entire life of 2 children and goes through their journey together...notwithstanding so many trials and events. It was heartbreaking at points and I found myself crying because I could feel the pain of the characters and what they were going through. The author's descriptions are absolutely points I felt I was seeing and smelling the fields and hills of India she wrote about, and others I was ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Lakshmi rated it really liked it
A very compelling read it is. Set in Coorg, a beautifully written multi - generational story with rich cultural details and lush settings. Without a doubt, this is an extra ordinary debut from a new talent. A very fast paced yet detailed one.

Thanks to my Coorgi colleagues @Manjesh_Biddappa and @Varun_Appaiah for suggesting this wonderful book. I was truly spell bound by her writing style and especially with your evergreen city Mercara!
May 25, 2011 Em rated it really liked it
Beautifully written book set in Coorg, India. The author weaves her story bringing to life the lush landscape, a way of life, and the various characters who people the heroine's life. The scope of time and place is varied -- late 19th century to post independence India and the story covers a British war in Afghanistan, Berlin before WWII and of course the events impacting life in Coorg -- what endures is the beauty of the place.
MA Deviah
Jun 11, 2013 MA Deviah rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: The author is a Facebook friend so I might be biased. But i did read this book before that and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mandanna's English is superb, her story richly plotted, and I really couldn't put it down. This is the kind of book that authors don't want to write anymore because it goes back to that which is so important to any good book -- a story worth telling, told against a background that is so opulently imagined and described.
Mar 14, 2011 Felice rated it did not like it
Tiger Hills is a big Indian novel. A big, uneven, predictable, disappointing novel. This is a multi-generational love and catastrophe tale written with prose that would make a turn of the century potboiler seem contemporary. If you can't guess by page 10 what is going to happen in this cliche filled curry stew then you have never read a book or seen a movie in your life.
Kly Murugesu
Jun 03, 2013 Kly Murugesu rated it really liked it
I post my review here. It's got spoiler!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Nov 30, 2016 Blair rated it really liked it
A book that has stayed with me long after finishing.
Ania Sz
Nov 03, 2016 Ania Sz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wrong cover, but great content. Very touching story!
Yvonne Learmonth
Oct 18, 2016 Yvonne Learmonth rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Not for me.
Jack Coleman
Oct 17, 2016 Jack Coleman rated it did not like it
I hate not finishing a book but this one can wait,too much to read that is interesting.
Joanne hale
Aug 27, 2012 Joanne hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

i dont know what else to really say, such a poetic book, of love, life, and sorrow mixed up between the 3 main characters. it is a beautiful book, set in the late 1800s of Coorg, India. so not only do you get this fictional story of characters in a particular setting, you get a feel of history and a sense of lives during this time while reading.

i am not going to give anything away, but i can say that in a few hours i breezed through 150 pages, and wanting more. i never wanted to set this boo
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Sarita Mandanna belongs to the stunning landscapes of Coorg. Her family history extends for centuries through these hills, famous for their coffee plantations and often described as the 'Scotland of India'. Tiger Hills is her first novel.
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