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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)

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ISBN13: 9780307389046
ISBN10: 0307389049
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It's December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren't random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshiped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region.

This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger's ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to ten feet long, weigh more than six hundred pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain.

Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

Review:

“Magnificent....Suspenseful....The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator.” San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

“A masterpiece....What elevates The Tiger from adventure yarn to nonfiction classic is Vaillant’s mastery of language.” Outside

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“[A] riveting story....Vaillant’s book teaches a lesson that humankind desperately needs to remember: When you murder a tiger, you not only kill a strong and beautiful beast, you extinguish a passionate soul.” Washington Post

Review:

“[An] epic story....A travelogue about tiger poaching in Russia’s far east opens up a new genre....[the] conservation thriller." Nature

Review:

“If ever a nonfiction author has used the techniques of fiction any better to recount a real-life narrative, it is difficult to imagine who that author would be....Think of Vaillant as a younger version of John McPhee, but on steroids.” The Seattle Times

Book News Annotation:

Vaillant, a nonfiction writer, tells the story of how a Siberian tiger in Primorye Territory in Russia's Far East attacked and killed a man in 1997 and a team of trackers was dispatched to hunt it down before it could hurt more people. He describes the region, its history and politics, and its tigers and their behavior; the problem of tiger poaching; the work of the Inspection Tiger unit; the investigation into the murder; further attacks; and how the tiger was finally found and killed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.

 

Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.

About the Author

John Vaillant's first book was the national bestseller The Golden Spruce, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction, as well as several other awards. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and The Walrus, among other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.

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Lisa van Velsor, March 11, 2012 (view all comments by Lisa van Velsor)
Argh - this book was...frustrating. The actual story behind the book could have been told in about 50 pages. Hell, it could have been told in a long magazine article. The author adds in a million tangents, all which relate to the subject and are *at times* very interesting, but when I wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED I had to wait until the last ~15 pages of the book. Tangent topics included: Anthropology, shamanism, Russian history, development in China, African tribesman that coexist with big cats, evolution... Again, the tangents were tied to the story but sometimes tenuously. You know those NY Times commercials where they talk about how the NYT really "gets inside the story," i.e., gives you context? This book has got context in SPADES.

Another pet peeve: multiple misuses of the word "literally."
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hovlanddb, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by hovlanddb)
The Tiger, simply put, is a great story told very well. The author opens the book in such a manner that hooks you from the beginning and never backs off. The book is a blend of adventure story, police procedural, history/biology text, mystery, and environmental awareness manual. That being said, the author manages to meld the true story into one that reads like fiction. I have read many excellent books this past year, several of which have been voted for, but none of them have entertained, educated, and haunted me like The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant.
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skyalive1976, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by skyalive1976)
A captivating read from beginning to end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307389046
Author:
Vaillant, John
Publisher:
Vintage Departures
Author:
John
Author:
Vaillant
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.8 in 0.625 lb

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Product details 352 pages Vintage - English 9780307389046 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Magnificent....Suspenseful....The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator.”
"Review" by , “A masterpiece....What elevates The Tiger from adventure yarn to nonfiction classic is Vaillant’s mastery of language.”
"Review" by , “[A] riveting story....Vaillant’s book teaches a lesson that humankind desperately needs to remember: When you murder a tiger, you not only kill a strong and beautiful beast, you extinguish a passionate soul.”
"Review" by , “[An] epic story....A travelogue about tiger poaching in Russia’s far east opens up a new genre....[the] conservation thriller."
"Review" by , “If ever a nonfiction author has used the techniques of fiction any better to recount a real-life narrative, it is difficult to imagine who that author would be....Think of Vaillant as a younger version of John McPhee, but on steroids.”
"Synopsis" by , A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.

 

Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of nature’s most deadly predator.

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