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In Search of the Blue Tiger by Robert Power
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Feb 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-literary-fiction, read-2012, literature, australian

A remarkable book; intelligent, a thrilling read, characterised by great writing. It is a hard book to describe in some respects, part crime novel, part allegory. Textually rich, it hints at so many other books, it tells the story of Oscar Flowers a young boy living with his dysfunctional parents in what he calls the house of the doomed and the dammed. The adult world is mystifying to Oscar who develops a mystical fascination with tigers as he seeks to make sense out life. Oscar encounters the disturbed twins Perch and Carp who send his life on an unexpected path. In some ways this seems like a young adult novel but in other respects the novel seems more mature and complex. There is consideral suspense in Oscar's involvemnt with the Fishcutter twins and the adult world of sexual relationships is adult to an extent, but it would be wrong to try and pin this book down to a particular readership or age group. Part coming of age novel, this is a really quite surprising and uplifting novel. I highly recomend In search of the Blue Tiger! Review here:
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