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The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman
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Jun 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, audio

WOW. Well, I don't think there could be much more plot stuffed into this book, and as things revved up, listening in only 15-25-minute bursts was more and more an exercise in frustration.

I downloaded this after having watched the BBC movies of the first two books--the second engrossed me enough that I wanted to know what happened to Sally next. I was amazed at how much more detail was packed in here--I can't imagine turning it into a two-hour movie. Pullman obviously loves the time period, considering the detail he lavishes on everything, and he delves into some fascinating stuff--women's rights, socialism, anti-semitism, the Jewish immigrant experience, class distinctions. Seriously impressive.

Anton Lesser is amazing, believably inhabiting Sally as well as Russian Jewish immigrants, Irish gang members, every stripe of English accent . . . I will absolutely be seeking out more of his narrations (and I'm really sorry the audio version of The Tin Princess never made it across the pond).
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Reading Progress

June 29, 2009 – Shelved
July 21, 2009 –
0.0% "I'm not sure how much more I can take--POOR SALLY!"
Started Reading
August 3, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009
August 3, 2009 – Shelved as: audio
August 3, 2009 – Finished Reading

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