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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
Canada Reads 2012
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What Members Thought

Sep 01, 2015 Petra rated it really liked it
Who doesn't like a good Russian adventure story? This book tells of a wounded Amur tiger who hunts down the poacher who shot him. It's also a tale of a town in the Eastern Siberian part of Russia and the hardships they face everyday. There's history of the persons in the region and the people of the region, ecology, interactions between humans & animals. It's an interesting blend of a microcosm in the Siberian east.
I listened to the audio version and this story made for an interesting listen
Jennifer D
man. what a book!! it is so compelling and so fascinating. there were just a couple of wobbles i found in the narrative, some metaphors that sat funny with me or slight suppositions beyond what could possibly be known...but they were minor and only slight distractions in the overall picture. i was immediately grabbed and sucked into the story. at times it felt like a fictional thriller/mystery - the storytelling being so fluid and vivid. the history of this area of russia and the portraits of it ...more
Feb 04, 2012 C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great Canada Reads 2012 selection!

I guess I've never really given any thought to tigers (any kind of tiger) until this book. The subject matter is extremely interesting as is the setting. Set in south eastern Russia on the Sea of Japan and boarding China, the descriptions of the -40 degree winter weather and the landscape is vivid. It sounds quite magical until the author describes the impoverished living conditions and daily struggles the people deal with just to survive.

This is (mainly) the
Apr 11, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The book is a lot more than just the story of a man eating tiger. The author brings in a bit of sociology, economics, ecology, and politics to explain how the area of Russian involved in the book got into such tough ways. He also explains early man's relationship with the big cats and some predator - prey relationships to explain the tiger's actions. A very interesting and informative book!
Mar 03, 2012 Ruthie rated it it was amazing
A truly brilliant work, this combines the true story of a wounded, starving tiger who hunts down the poacher who (last) shot him. The story reads as a detailed thriller. It is the details that I loved; the in-depth research on tigers,on Primorye- the Far Eastern Border area of Russia, on the effects of the post perestroika policies on the people of the region (both indigenous and not), the flora and fauna, the local mythology, and the history of tigers and humans in the region. It is the extent ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Shannon rated it liked it
Interesting read with many enlightening ideas; however, at times I became bored and detached and had a hard time keeping track of the various players, locations, and events. In the end, I learned a lot about the nature and habits of tigers and their historical and current relationships with humans as well as the social, geographical, and biological nature of Primorye, Russia.

Some of the most interesting ideas include:
-animal intelligence correlated with diversity of diet
-energy/effort is minimi
Mar 13, 2011 T rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, 2011
I really enjoyed this book, although probably not quite as much as Vaillant's first book, The Golden Spruce. I love the way Vaillant writes (much in the way that I think) taking a basic tale and augmenting it with volumes of information that help you appreciate the story much more fully than you would were it simply written as plot.
Jerry Haigh
Oct 02, 2012 Jerry Haigh rated it it was amazing
Stunning, richly written. Movea along with grim vigour.
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Absolutely Interesting !! From Russia to these Tiger's and the area they live in. From page one to the end, nothing but fascinating information, the story of what actually happened, to the people who live around these animals, just utterly fascinating !
Gabriele Goldstone
Mar 03, 2012 Gabriele Goldstone rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at a the wild east of Russia.
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