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The Tiger

John Vaillant

8 Reviews

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Russia, Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction, Animals & society

The gripping true story of the hunt for a man-eating tiger across the forbidding landscape of Russia's Far East...

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.Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger is a tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

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Praise for The Tiger

  • Canadian author John Vaillant writes with a great sense of mood, place and pace. This is a chilling and gripping story. - The Sunday Telegraph

  • It has drama, immediacy and is highly atmospheric. - The Age

  • John Vaillant has written a chilling and gripping story about predators and prey, humans and animals, in a strange and forbidding landscape. - The Sunday Mail Brisbane

  • Vaillant has achieved a difficult goal, maintaining compassion and sympathy for all involved: poachers, villagers, law officers, and the tiger itself...a lyrical, gripping, lovely read. - Courier Mail

  • Vaillant's absorbing, insightful epic describes a drama as old as humanity. - Adelaide Advertiser

  • The Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find. Humans are hard-wired to fear tigers, so this book will attract intense interest. - Annie Proulx

  • Writing in a vigorous, evocative style . . . Vaillant paints a haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature. - Publishers Weekly

  • This book must be read by everybody who is interested in the conservation of wildlife. It takes you to the Russian wilderness to meet face-to-face with the Siberian tiger. - Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

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John Vaillant

John Vaillant lives in Vancouver. His first book, The Golden Spruce, won the Canadian Governor General's Award for non-fiction. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and Men's Journal, among other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.

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