As the first girl to be born into the Nachimanda family in over thirty-five years, the beautiful Devi is the object of adoration of her entire family. Spirited and strong-willed, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. Together they grow up amidst the luscious jungles, rolling hills, and coffee plantations of Coorg in South...more
La trama è abbastanza classica. Ambientato in India, a cavallo del 1900, protagonisti la fanciulla più bella e speciale dell’intera regione, l’eroe cacciatore, ovviamente bello come il sole e innamorato contraccambiato dalla ragazza, il povero terzo incomodo, la vecchia e saggia nonna della ragazza, e tu...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
It was riveting. The story of Devi, a girl born in Coorg in late 1800s. Devi is a wilful child with her mind of her own, unlike other girls at that time. She decides at the age of 10 that she would marry the Tiger Killer, Machu, her best friend Devanna’s cousin. Devanna, on the other hand grows up, desp...more
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...more
Lush descriptions of the landscape and flora of the area abound and I can see the rich overgrowth of the jungles, smell the vibrant flowers and the sea. It...more
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...more
I liked the book for the description of the mores of natives and British, celebrati...more
This novel has some beautiful descriptions of scenery (apparently Coorg- spelled Kodagu today- is known as 'the Scotland of I...more
Navi is the first born girl in the Nachimandas family in over six generations and she is a delight to all her know her. She is charming, beautiful, courageous and very determined. At ten years old she meets Machu, the Tiger Killer and decides she will marry no one other than he. Navi's best friend and confidante, Devanna, doesn't understand Navi's fascination with his cousin, Machu. He is deter...more
I have just finished Tiger Hills. This book has really made me sob. It has totally absorbed me and I did not put it down yesterday. It is a book of love and loss, about what it is like to love and to lose, then to live with that loss. This book is about people and their imperfections....more
I woke many mornings with thoughts of sweet, permissive Devanna and his son Nanju, and felt a deeply emotional connection to the pure tragedy that was De...more
Despite losing the audience for a good 1/4th of the book, Sarita manages to neatly tie up this epic saga, even if by means of a rather predictable end. I personally would have liked to s...more
The character development was also excellent. While I did not particularly like any of the characters, I wanted to know what happened to them and their story. I never fully connected with two of the main characters Devi and Devanna. Deva...more
I started this book with high hopes, as I love books set in India. The confusing start should probably have been a warning, but it was a book group read so I persevered.
I find that I agree with one of our members, who suggested that there was too much going on for a single book and that it should have been a set of three books, to allow for more detail about the customs and culture.
There are three separate sections, dealing with the three main characters in Devi's life as she grows an...more