The Night Tiger
'A sumptuous garden maze of a novel' Kirkus Reviews
They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among us...
In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and...more
- So there is no 'weretiger'. The actual killer was Lydia and as she and William both represent 'ritual/order', Yi had meant that Lydia was the one getting out of order.
- Ren was trying to get the finger back to make the doctor complete again.
But the orderly was selling body parts illegally. Right? (hide spoiler)]
The book hints:
1. Unlike the strong, dangerous tiger during MacFarlane's life, the tiger during MacFarlane's death is a weak tiger too old to hunt.
2. The tiger, instead of being a killer, is actually helpful--leaving vital clues that would have helped Williams figure out Lydia's true nature, if he had been less concerned with saving himself from scandal.
3. Lastly, most notably, its final appearance in the place where the finger was buried.
It could all be coincidence, but since nothing else in the book was left to coincidence, it would be odd if this one thing the entire book is named after was the exception.(less) (hide spoiler)]
If they have a good co…moreCompletely depends on the reader and their maturity level. Most kids will put down something that is too far above their heads.
If they have a good concept of myth versus reality and understand that it takes place in another time and country that might be very different from their own, they will probably be OK with it. If they could make it through something like Robert Louis Stevenson or Kipling, they can handle this. (less)
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Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits: a looking-glass world governed by unsettling rules.
3½ stars. I may need to think some more about this one. I'm giving it a tentative 3½, rounded up to 4 because I absolutely loved that this historical mystery was steeped in Chinese and Malaysian mythology and superstition.
For the most part, this was such a gorgeous and evocative read. The Night Tiger is set in 1930s Malaya and leans heavily on folklore and stories of ...more
This book is magic! It connects five different characters by the meaning of their names and ties their destinies by unexpected mysterious road between life and death!
It’s about life after death, love, siblings’ affection, abuse, feminism and awakening of women by discovering their own capabilities, murder, passion, class system, Malaysian and Chinese folklore with vivid characters and captivating storytelling.
The au ...more
A big, bold story full of magic, romance, mystery and adventure!!
Set in Malaysia during the 1930’s, the story alternates between Ren, an eleven -year old Chinese houseboy and Ji Lin, a young woman who has been forced to give up her goal of working in the medical profession. Ren is on a mission to find his late master’s finger so he can return it to his grave. Failure to do so within 49 days will prevent his master from resting in p ...more
this story is a magically woven tapestry of history, lore, superstition, love, and destiny. with lush storytelling told humbly from the perspectives of seemingly unconnected people, each thread of their beautiful stories intertwines and unfolds in the most rewarding way, making this novel feel like a work of art - a rich art piece that harmoniously integrates all the best kinds of storytelling. coming of age. mystery and thrill. mythology and folklore. r ...more
Ren is an 11-year-old boy on a mission to locate his former masters missing finger so that he can bury it with his body. He has 49 days to do so for his master to be a rest. If he fails to find the missing finger, h ...more
“Time is running out: there are only 20 days left before Dr. Mac Farlane’s forty-nine days of the soul are over. If by then he can’t find the finger, he’ll have failed. How will his old master rest? Ren remembers Dr. MacFarlane’s last days, shivering fevers. And then the dreams, the waking nightmares in which the old man would cry for mercy, or crawl slavering on all fours. If Auntie Kwan had still been with them, she would have ...more
I loved the atmosphere of the book, the 'magical realism' mystery of it, the lush Asian environment, the historical character of the story, the dark and brooding story, loved it.
Though the lovey dovey element in the book, which got stronger and stronger further in the story, I thought was less interesting and that brought the rating of this book down for me. Especially towards the end the story kind of l ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
I was totally mesmerized by this beautifully written Malaysian folklore/fantasy tale. If I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. The characters, the alluring mystery and the heart-pounding moments involving the tiger. A newspaper article warns that a tiger was on the loose. Was it a man-eater or a distraction? Did superstition play a role?
Touches of Malayan folklore/ love sickness/ tiger hunts / smoke screens/ lucky numbers and stolen body par ...more
As the blurb states, the setting is 1930 Malaya. Ren, a 11 years old orphan is on a 49 days quest t ...more
There is so much that I enjoyed in this story. The overall tale with its mix of real and magic ...more
We first meet 11-year-old Ren, a servant to a doctor. Before the doctor dies, he charges Ren with one request: to find his severed finger, missing from years ago, and place it with his deceased body. The doctor says there are only 49 days in which to accomplish this task, or else because his body is incomplete, and his soul will roam the earth forever.
Ji Lin is an apprentice dressmaker in 1930s Malaysia, who wants not ...more
Yangsze Choo presents a story with remarkable scope like the outspreading of a dancer's fan. She fashions the edges around colonial Malaysia in the 1930's. Malaysia is filled with folklore, superstitions, masters and servants, rivalries, and ...more
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THE NIGHT TIGER was an OK read. There were some things about this book that I really enjoyed, and other things I didn't. The book is set in 1930s Malaya (Malaysia), when it was still under British rule. There are two main characters: Ren, an 11-year-old houseboy to British doctor William Acton, and Ji Lin, a dressmaker moonlighting as a dance hall girl. Their stories end up interconnecting due to a severed finger in a vial that Ji Lin ob ...more
The Night Tiger offers a stunning look at culture, history, and Chinese superstition. Told in two alternating perspectives, and set in 1931 Malaya (Malaysia), this is a story of loyalty and loneliness, death and distressed souls, and man-eating weretigers.
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Ren, a young houseboy, is an orphan and has also suffered the loss of his twin. Alone and with complete loyalty to his dying master, Ren has accepted his final task to find his mast ...more
There are two main storylines here, which take place in Malaysia in 1931. The first belongs to Ji Lin and is told in the first person. Ji Lin is a young woman working as an apprentice in a dressmaker’s shop. She is also secretl ...more
by Brianna Goodman
If someone told me there’s a book out there that’s part history, part love story, part coming-of-age, part magical tale that is also a well-paced book that clocks in at under 400 pages, I’d be instantly suspicious. It sounds too good to be true. But here’s the thing: This book exists. It’s called The Night Tiger, and it’s epic and pleasing in every possible way.
The book follows two main characters: Ji Lin, a dressmaker by day and dancehall girl by night who dreams ...more
The imagination within the book goes beyond creativity,
It really has such an interesting and intriguing plot, the structure of the book is very fascinating and unique and I can see this book in a very Big Major Picture, the characters are very well connected and I really loved their strength and faith ...more
The story is told from two points of view, a girl named Ji Lin and a boy named Ren. Ji Lin is a quick-witted, ambitious girl with dreams of going into medicine but stuck as an apprentice dressmake and working as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mot ...more
“We were a chocolate-box family, I thought. Brightly wrapped on the outside and oozing sticky darkness within.”
The Night Tiger revolves around two characters: Ren, a young boy tasked with saving his old masters soul, and Ji Lin, who finds herself in possession of an unwanted item. Taking places in 1930’s Malaysia, Ji Lin works to pay off her mother’s mahjong debts. Ren works as an assistant to doctors. Both of their lives intertwine in a mystic story.
“In Cantonese, two was a goo ...more