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Tiger Hills

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,094 ratings  ·  210 reviews
THE THORN BIRDS meets A SUITABLE BOY in this epic tale of a forbidden love that will last for generations.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 29th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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...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
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...more
Parthiban Sundaram
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...more
Saloni Sharma
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.
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 devel...more
Connie Mayo
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Shilpi Jain
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 b...more
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...more
Jyoti Babel
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...more
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...more
Emma Abson
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 In...more
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 b...more
Tiger Hills is in Coorg India, a place that becomes almost real as one rushes through the 464 story pages of the book. It details the story of an all consuming protagonist(Devi) who loves an older man (Manchu) and the complications this gives to her life and the life of those in her family and around her. It shows how unfair a person can be to those who love one most and how a consuming love may not bring rewards.

I liked the book for the description of the mores of natives and British, celebrati...more
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
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 smel...more
MA Deviah
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.
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.
Rozus Perelko
Pomimo usilnych staran autorki relacja Macu i Dewi w moim odbirze niemiala zadnej. magii. Slepe bezmózgie podazanie za niewyjaśnalnymi emocjami i pragnienami, Dewi bezczelna i rozkapryszona , przyzwyczajona do tego ze ma to co chce. Macu jakis taki bezbarwny ot wyidealizowany kochanek. Najprawdziwszą i bardzo smutną byla postać Dewanna. Bez niego ta ksiązka nie mialaby racji bytu. Dewi Dewaanna to mnie wzruszylu to mnie zasmucilo . Reszta wlasciwie w tej ksiazce jest malo znaczaca. Milosc foreve...more
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.
Julie Shuff
There were points where I didn't like the book, and then places where I really enjoyed it. I think that's kind of normal for books of this length (464 pgs). I had read reviews on Goodreads and some other sites, and while it read relatively quickly it certainly was not a light-hearted "summer read." The interesting element of the book was the interconnected plots, and how one action can ripple out with a number of unintended consequences. I won't spoil anything, but the book definitely improves t...more
May 04, 2011 Bette rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bette by: NY Times
Shelves: audiobooks
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Tiger Hills is an epic love story set in Coorg, India beginning in 1878 and spanning the next 60 years.

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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Devi and Devanna grew up in Coorg, India together as children and were best friends. Devi, beautiful and willful, was the apple of her family's eye and could do no wrong. Devanna, captures the attention of the principal of a missionary school with his brilliant mind and hunger to learn, and recommends him to a medical college. Machu, an older cousin to Devanna, has a keen eye and during a hunt, kills a tiger and is celebrated at the village's tiger wedding festival. Devi catches sight of Machu a...more
The writing in this book is absolutely beautiful. Set in Coorg, India the descriptions of the plantations, flora, fauna and local culture were amazing. Set over a seventy year span beginning in 1878, the book highlights an interesting time in the Indian history.

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
This historical fiction of the people and places near Coorg, India covers the years from 1878 through 1936, chronicling the lives of Devanna of the Pallada family, and Devi of the Nachimandas. These childhood friends grow up and marry. That is the most I can say without spoiling this epic narrative of tribal life during British colonization.

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
Hard going.

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
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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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