Tiger Hills

Tiger Hills

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In turn-of-the-twentieth-century southern India, Devi Nachimada falls in love with Machu, a daring tiger hunter, and in the process endangers her friendship with a motherless boy, Devanna, thus setting the stage for a devastating tragedy.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780670064519
Branch Call Number: MAND
Characteristics: x, 468 p. : geneal. table


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Apr 17, 2013

The writing is lovely, haunting, and all very moving – yet the story is incredibly sad and enraging (feminists, social activists, people with consciences: you’ve been warned). I stopped reading halfway through the near 500 page book because I simply couldn’t take the depressing material anymore. If you dig stories about the terrible, horrible things people do to each other all in the name of ‘honor’ and ‘tradition’ then add this one to your collection.

samdog123 Jul 10, 2012

I've been reading quite a bit of fiction lately written by Indian authors. This appealed to me and the reviews were good. Although it is good historical fiction and the setting is wonderful; it's all been done before and there was nothing really unique about this title. Childhood romance gone wrong, unrequited love, good son vs. bad son, and it all turns out well in the end somehow. Les than memorable, but still and easy and enjoyable read.

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

Set in Southern India, this debut novel is a beautifully written family saga spanning three generations. It begins in the 1870s, with the birth of a much anticipated child; the first girl to be born in many years. It is this girl, Devi who is the centre of the story and has a lasting connection with all the characters in the story. As a young child she befriends Devanna, a shy boy in her village and together they grow up surrounded by the beauty of the Coorg region. Devi is a very strong-willed character who is used to getting what she wants. She falls in love with a man from a nearby village, not realizing that her best friend is also in love with her. Devi is not always likable and her choices have far-reaching effects on her family. We follow these characters for their lifetime as the love triangle unfolds, sometimes with tragic consequences.
Told against the backdrop of a beautiful country undergoing many changes at the beginning of a new century, Tiger Hills is rich in historical detail, with all the makings of a tragic love story.

debwalker Mar 08, 2011

Sarita was born in Coorg, India, where her debut novel, Tiger Hills, is set. Her maternal grandmother was a born storyteller and often regaled young Sarita with tales of thieving princes and houses made from salt. Her mother and paternal grandfather were avid readers. So Sarita's love of books was born.
Sarita has worked as an investment banker in India and Hong Kong, but now lives in Toronto and works in private equity. She would often write Tiger Hills after work, often deep into the night. It took Sarita five years, and seven drafts, to write her first novel, and the result, according to Book List, is a "...spellbinding epic."

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