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Barely managing to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in Tamil Nadu, Ranji accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to feed his beloved family and keep them safe in their hut beneath the banyantree. But when a huge new tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji realises that this could change his life forever, and embarks on a quest ...more
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Published May 31st 2018 by Thistle Publishing
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May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tyre is an extremely evocative story that deals with the multiple and diverse elements at play in the rigid caste system in India. It is also a story of a family’s good luck and misfortune, how hopes are created and dashed, how survival is a struggle, and the ambition to save enough money to buy a second-hand bike is a dream. A dream so the dreamer can work harder.

The caste system defines everything in Indian society – how men and women are treated, what opportunities will be open to th
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
Reincarnation brings hope to Ranji. He accepts his fate with resignation. He lives under a Banyan tree in a grass-roofed hut.

Ranji is an untouchable in Tamil Nadu who supports his family by gathering wood from along the road, returning home after dark. Cars rush by, deadly cobra lurk near anthills. Yet he is content. He has a beautiful wife who loves him, a son making a living in the city, and a scholarly daughter who hopes for the college education her elder brother had to forgo. He needs littl
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Tyre” by C.J. Dubois caught my attention with its brilliantly hued cover. But what made me decide to read it was the fact that it’s a book set in India but written by a Frenchman. Surely, that combination is bound to be very interesting. And it didn’t disappoint. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher I received an ARC for an honest review.

The story follows the life of Ranji and his family as they struggle to make a living by collecting wood to sell. But one day when a big tyre falls off a
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tamil Nadu. Ranji ekes out a subsistence living gathering wood from the roadside to support his wife and children. They are Dalits, untouchables, and in spite of new equality legislation, they are still outcasts. But then one day Ranji’s hardscrabble existence looks set to change – a brand new tyre falls from a truck and he manages to hide it away. If he can sell the tyre new opportunities will open out for the family. But cashing in the tyre is no easy matter and it’s not long before it dominat ...more
Barbara Tsipouras
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you want to know what life is like for a poor untouchable who lives from the hand to the mouth and has to endure the monsoon every year? Hope, disappointment and acceptance of karma - it#s all there in this little story of an Indian family. You'll feel with them, you'll wonder how everything is a sign and connected with the various gods, how little things can change a life and how full of dignity life with literally nothing can be. ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable and engaging read, with a simple, slightly moralistic story, told simply, with compelling characters with amusing observations about life, as I imagine it, in rural southern India. I have read reviews elsewhere critical of the specifics of southern India, but it terms of conveying a strong sense of place, this did it for me. I am hesitant to give The Tyre a full five stars as- firstly I kept waiting for the 'tension' or 'the baddie' to appear, but it was only Ashok who turn ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tyre by CJ Dubois and EC Huntley.

This is a story of a family from India. Add on poverty, feelings of infidelity, and obsession.

Thank you Thistle Publishing, David Haviland, and Net Gallery for this engrossing page turner.

I was hesitate to read this book, the description didn't seem to interest me, however after the last page you are blown away. I know I was. I'm so glad to the Thistle Publishing and Mr. Haviland for asking me to read this for my honest review.

This poor family that is just
Cardyn Brooks
Events in The Tyre occur mostly in spots along the road to the Indian (as in India, not indigenous North Americans who were misidentified by Columbus) state of Kerala between what seems to be the fictional city of Radapakkam (as a stand-in for the actual city of Kadappakkam?) and Puttur in the state of Karnataka. It’s a path that crosses multiple Indian states of geography, commerce, and social caste. This parable about a husband, wife, son, and daughter—Ranji, Meena, Santosh, and Surya—does the ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, fiction
This isn’t my usual type of read but boy am I glad that I did! I really loved this book about a poor Indian family and their hopes and dreams. I was quickly hooked as the story gently draws you in and you find yourself rooting for Ranji and his family.

Ranji and his family’s lives are dependent on what he can scavenge by the roadside each day. One day a tyre falls from a passing truck, is this a blessing and a possible way out for him and his family or will it prove to be a curse? As Ranji become
Mike Siedschlag
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-copy of The Tyre by C.J. Dubois & E.C. Huntley for review.

Set in India, an untouchable caste man finds a huge tyre (tire in America) and we follow the changes this brings to his life.

What I liked the most about this story was Ranji, the main character. Immediately sympathetic, he is at once illiterate yet very wise. His existence is a daily struggle to keep body and soul connected but he does not bemoan his state. He doesn't whine about injustice or unfairness.

He has a beautifu
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was kind of entertaining to me, it sort of reminds me of them movie The Gods Must Be Crazy! Not to say this is a comedy, it isn't, but it is a slice of life in India with a tough caste system and one small untouchable man doing the best he can to care for his family. It's pretty eye opening and informative. The characters are all richly written and interesting. The plot is very good. I thought it was a wonderful read and am sure others will enjoy it as much.
I received a Kindle ARC in exchan
Jena Henry
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Captivating and enchanting! I loved this book and I highly recommend it. I’m actually hesitant to write a review; I’m concerned I won’t do it justice and I want you to love it, too. This book is charming and mesmerizing from start to finish- simple, yet complex, beautiful yet, real.

The story is presented as a fable, an imaginative tale with a moral. It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination. (I understand that Kipling was a great supporter of
Nicki Markus
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tyre (translated from the original French) is a compelling read. I was captivated with Ranji's story from page one, and it was fascinating to see the ups and downs he and his family faced, all from the discovery of a tyre on the wayside. The book offers an interesting look at what is important for happiness, and how sometimes things that seem like blessings can have far-reaching consequences. All the characters are well drawn, and the pacing is excellent. I read the book over two nights, but ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book looks at a poor family in India. One day the father finds a tyre next to the road. The history evolves with this tyre in the middle, and let you se the definitions of this "gift" as both a positive thing and a negative thing. The book remains the reader that your opinion of something have an opposite that just as might be just as just as your own.

Through the story, we see that the value of our lifes will change and evolve during our life. What we want the most can also be the thing th
Cherry London
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly exceptional, one of the most emotionally impacting book I have read in a long time. The storyline is a heart wrenching and harsh one, that gives an in-depth look into the eyes of poverty and it was not a very nice one. It touched me deeply and resonated with my soul. I was with Ranji from the beginning of his roadside scavenging all the way to the potter stall. A heartfelt tale of hope perseverance, resolution and determination, that no matter what your stage is in life, one must conduct o ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, and surprisingly moving, the story of how one chance event leads to change for an entire family.

Definitely recommended.
Patricia Bello
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of the books my friends and I used to read... And I wonder why I don't read books like these anymore...

The Tyre tells the tale of an untouchable named Ranji who finds a tyre that fell off a truck on his way home. Hardly believing his luck, he immediately plans to sell it but as an untouchable, it is a challenge. This tyre changed Ranji and his family's life in unexpected ways.

Though the story moved a bit slowly for me, and I had to recall the caste system in India, this was
Ben Foster
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, definitely one for all reading lists, I recommend that you read this book.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Involving and Wonderful Read

Ranji is out scouring the roadside for fallen wood to sell when he finds a tyre. He imagines the value of the tyre, against that of his bundles of wood, and hurries to secure it, little realising the enormous effect the tyre will have on his life and that of his family.

Set in Puttur, India, Ranji's life is one of extreme poverty, as he survives day by day as a member of the lowest caste in the social system. He lives with his wife and daughter and is very proud of his
Polly Krize
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A simply amazing story of how finding a tyre can change Ranji's life! Whether a curse or a blessing, the finding of this tyre affects the life of his whole family, all bound by the Indian caste system.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story. Tyre is a beautifully written engaging story of a family of untouchables in India struggling to survive. You are drawn into this story from the start and it will hold your heart and attention until the end. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Thistle Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tyre tells the story of Ranji and his wife Meena who are from a lowly caste in India. Illiterate and barely managing to scrape a living for life's essentials - food, clothing and a roof over their heads - they have no choice but to withdraw their son from education and send him to find work in a city far from home.

When an enormous tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji believes his prayers have been answered. Full of renewed hope for the future, he begins the arduous task of finding a buyer.
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