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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: t...more
Published August 24th 2010 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 13, 2010Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
Fearful symmetry indeed. In 1997, during time when the Soviet system had collapsed but nothing much had arisen to take its place, Vladimir Markov, desperate to provide for his family, made a very large mistake. In easternmost boreal Russia, he came across the remains of a huge wild boar and made off with it. Big mistake. The big pig was the prize of a local striped feline, and it took exception, a lot of exception. The region is a tough one and stealing anyone’s hard won resources is a big exist...more
Feb 28, 2012Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
A tiger goes man-eater and terrorizes a remote Siberian village. Can Yuri Trush and his men end the tiger's bloody reign of terror or join its long list of victims?
It sounds like the teaser for a trashy thriller but this story really happened. The Tiger is the story of a rogue tiger and it's man-eating ways.
My description of The Tiger makes it sound like the book is one long tiger hunt but it's so much more than that. The tiger hunt piece is almost an adventure yarn but for me, the best parts o...more
Jan 21, 2011Laura rated it it was amazing
Let's start with the moral of the story first: Do not fuck with an Amur tiger. Because if you do, she'll probably hunt you down, break into your cabin, drag your mattress across a frozen river, and lie down on it while she waits for you to come home so she can eat you. Literally eat you.
John Vaillant's narrative about Amur tigers and the people who live with them in the remote village of Sobolonye, Russia is compelling enough that you'll start looking suspiciously at your cat by the time you're...more
Oct 16, 2012Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
Like the beast this book is about, The Tiger is patient. It stalks ahead with care and diligence as it learns about its prey, and each step forward the tension builds until the target is reached and then it pounces with devastating fury.
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant sounds like over-the-top macho stuff that should be avoided. Thankfully it is not. Instead it's a study of sociology, zoology, botany, history, geography, and the socio-economic climate of the far...more
Jan 22, 2015Perry rated it really liked it
Were This Standard Nonfiction, Such Would be My Addiction
SIBERIAN MAN-EATER and ITS SYMBOLISM for RUSSIA
The wonders you can find in the giant, bountiful gardens of literature never cease to amaze. One need only look widely enough and take a chance and she might be put in the Siberian taiga (the sometimes swampy coniferous forest of high northern latitudes) in far eastern Russia as the locals encounter a looming Amur tiger a/k/a Siberian tiger, an otherworldly animal in all its magnificence, a ne...more
Sep 14, 2010Lauren
rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, russia-russian-lit, favorites-nonfiction, ebook
It's one of those books that you get so absorbed in and you learn all of these interesting facts that you want to share with people... for instance (I just have to share!) tigers are known for their virility and their strength - and the Sanskrit word for tiger *vyagghra* was Anglicized into 'viagra' for the well-known impotency medication. Interesting, right? Well, there's more to learn inside this book!
The author tries to accomplish a lot in this book, and by and large, he succeeds. At the core...more
Mar 25, 2011Jbsfaculty rated it did not like it · review of another edition
Having heard of this book on NPR, I wanted to like it, the story of a man-eating tiger that hunts the hunters hunting it. The actual story could be told in 1/2 a cd; the other 9 1/2 CDs are filled with other stories. It is an ADD romp through the authors brain. If you want a geography work that goes down many, many tangential connections to the main story, this book will interest you. It is filled with many fascinating stories loosely connected to the main yarn. I got the book the b/c I was inte...more
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Aug 14, 2010Trish rated it really liked it
The Tiger by John Vaillant is more than a description of a hunt for a man-eating Amur tiger in a mountainous sliver of southeastern Russia that borders China, Korea, and Japan. In this book, Vaillant gives us the socio-political and environmental context of the tiger hunt, and introduces us to the lives of the men who did not survive the tiger and of those who finally chase the tiger down. The place where the tiger lived is memorably described as a mixture of “the backwoods claustrophobia of App...more
Jun 19, 2018Diane in Australia rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Very cool book about a tiger on a vendetta ... seriously. True story told from the perspective of the poachers, the trackers, their families and, of course, the tiger. If you like learning about tigers in the wild, you'll probably enjoy this book.
4 Stars = Outstanding. It definitely held my interest.
Sep 14, 2010Christine
rated it it was amazing ·
review of another edition
Shelves: cats-nonfiction, animal-non-fiction, science-nature
My mother tells a true story about her mother and a cat. My grandmother had accidently stepped on the cat. The cat took umbrage. The cat hidden, waited, and then attacked my grandmother's feet.
House cats know about revenge and vengeance.
House cats wish they were as big as tigers. (At least my cats do, or seem to, when there are three dogs, not just the one dog, in the house).
Second bit of true infromation. Tigers are missing what is the tiger version of the collarbone. This allows them to jump r...more
Jan 28, 2015Joseph
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review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies, history, travelogues-and-adventures, science
In 1997, a tiger killed and ate a man in the far reaches of Russia's Siberia region. It did so in a methodical manner, unlike anything the people there had seen before. Soon, the tiger struck again, terrorizing a small village and then attacking another man and eating him. This was possibly not the tiger's first go around with eating humans. Determined to be a threat, the government's Inspection Tiger task force was given the responsibility to investigate and stop this tiger once and for all.
Oct 28, 2018Jill Mackin rated it really liked it
A man eating Tiger! A true story that takes place in far east Russia. The tiger gobbled up two men in two different attacks. A real pager turner. Lots of tiger lore, russian history and suspense of the hunt included.
Nov 01, 2010Tony rated it liked it
Sigh, yet another popular book of narrative nonfiction that takes what is essentially a topic for a good magazine essay and blows it up to book length with all kinds of digressive excursions into anything remotely relating the main story. Basically, in 1997, a tiger killed a hunter in the Russian Far East, leading to a tiger-hunt. This takes about fifty pages to detail (and I do mean detail), leaving another 250 to be filled with all kinds of material, such as the history of the region (which is...more
Sep 09, 2010Heather rated it liked it · review of another edition
I had mixed feelings on this one.
I absolutely loved learning about the Amur tiger. Such an incredible creature: beautiful, powerful, intelligent, and terrifying. Certainly an animal that demands respect. It was amazing to hear what life is like for the people who live there amongst them. I can’t even begin to imagine sharing a habitat with tigers! Wow. I also really enjoyed all the bits of history on Russia and its culture. Those parts were truly interesting and I learned so much while reading...more
Sep 16, 2011Nancy
rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, big-ideas, non-fiction, natural-history
At its simplest, this is a tale of a tiger and two men. A Siberian tiger, huge, terrifying, beautiful, awe-inspiring. The two men: Vladimir Markov, an unemployed logger turned poacher, and Yuri Trush, a game warden whose job it is to catch poachers. They live within the tiger's range, the taiga or circumpolar boreal forest of the Russian Far East, which has been hard hit by perostroika (the locals refer to it as 'katastroika'), a sort of post-industrial society in which the human inhabitants eke...more
Jan 03, 2019Laura Noggle rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Reads like true crime featuring the 'Czar of the Forest.'
This book is a trip into Primorye, a remote area in southeast Russia by the Sea of Japan.
A tiger tracks a man (/potential poacher) to his cabin, and waits for the man to come home. He is annihilated in one of the most violent deaths by tiger ever recorded.
'To end a person's life is one thing; to eradicate him from the face of the earth is another. The latter is far more difficult to do, and yet the tiger had done it, had transported this...more
Oct 03, 2017J.K. Grice rated it it was amazing
Have you ever heard of the Russian region of Primorye? I never had, but I was mesmerized by what I learned in this incredible John Vaillant book, THE TIGER. Primorye is a place that is both tropical and cold, and it lies in the southeastern corner of Russia. In this area, even the bears give way to the largest tigers in the world. This is an amazing account of a man-eater, as well as the fascinating cultures and politics of a seemingly isolated part of the world. I loved this book.
Every once in a while I crave one of these true-adventure/true-story tales. This one grabs you by the throat in the first page and does not let up. Talk about a skill with language, an ability to evoke--this is an amazingly written book, fantastic! And its about tigers, and politics, and people, and the environment they share. The environment is just incredible--sub-Arctic meets sub-tropics! Hurricanes and blizzards.
Vaillant weaves together culture, politics, history, and more to tell us of the...more
Dec 01, 2011Mike
rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, history, xtbb-2012-challenge, library
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival has a great piece of advice if you ever find yourself in the wilds… don’t screw with a tiger. (I would have said something stronger but my wife has told me to “clean up” my vocabulary.) This book gets a strong 4.5 to 5 Stars from me. I was hooked on the story from the first page. The drama of a wounded tiger seeking and wreaking vengeance sounds “Hollywood” but Mr. Vaillant shows how this true story is even better than cinematic fiction. The majo...more
Mar 02, 2012Jim
rated it liked it ·
review of another edition
Shelves: true_adventure, canadian-authors, soviet-union, hunting, nature
This is a hard book to rate. Some passages were brilliant and rated a 4; others bored me half to death and would merit only a 2. Overall a decent read, with good subject matter and adequate research. The author has a tendency to wander off topic; sometimes this enhances the story but there are those other times where you wish he would quit lecturing and get back on topic, already. It's a book with great potential but might have been improved by being briefer and more to the point.
May 25, 2011Ms.pegasus
rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers, those interested in recent Russian history, and ecology
Shelves: ecosystems-nature, russia, nonfiction
THE TIGER: A TRUE STORY OF VENGEANCE AND SURVIVAL by John Vaillant is both a gripping adventure with larger than life characters, and a lesson in geography and ecology. The setting is Russia's Maritime Territory, Primorye – a thumb(or claw) of land bounded by the Sea of Japan on the east, and Manchuria and the tip of North Korea on the West. Distinctive features include Vladivostok at the southern most tip, the Amur River which flows the length from Mongolia in the north to the Tartar Strait in...more
Sep 28, 2010Emily rated it it was amazing
'The Tiger' is the kind of nonfiction book that has many layers beyond what the title promises, all of which turn out to be interesting. The top layer of the story is about a Siberian tiger that, in the late 1990s, went berserk in the region of Primorye, a day's travel north of Vladivostok. It killed three people and terrified a town for days before the authorities put it down. The book introduces the tiger, its habitat, and its lifestyle. The next layer is showing what life is like for the inha...more
The Tiger ***** John Vaillant
I highly recommend this book. Not just for the story, although it’s compelling, but for the history. The story itself is about a Siberian (“Amur”) tiger which is very hungry, badly injured, and irritated. It starts killing members of a Russian community in the Primorye province. The men have the dangerous job of tracking the tiger and killing it.
But there's a lot more here: interesting information about tigers, the culture of the Russian Far East, issues regarding t...more
Mar 29, 2012Tasha rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The author really appears to have done his research into the vast and remote area of the Far East called Siberia. I really feel like he was able to present the people, the culture and the natural habitat of that area in great detail and with a good paced writing style. It's all in the details. I prefer details over the gist of a story and this book is chock full of details. True, the story itself could have been told in probably about half the amount of time however,...more
Back story Hell: back story about Russia, back story about China, back story about China vs Russia, back story about the main character, back story about tigers, back story about man-eating tigers, back story about victims of man eating tigers. I expected something akin to Jaws on Land and got lengthy discourses on the failure of perestroika and how utterly crappy it is to live in villages where the temperature gets to 40below.
Nov 12, 2010Christopher Litsinger rated it really liked it
After hearing about this on NPR I had added it to my reading list, and seeing it on a best of 2010 list popped it up to the top of the stack. This was an excellent book, I learned a lot about modern Russia, and tigers, and all sorts of fascinating tidbits of information were thrown throughout the book.
At times I felt the pacing was a bit off, I'm not sure if this was due to my own distractedness during a busy week, or if it was the cuts between the main 'story' of this book and the little intere...more
Nov 01, 2010Kater Cheek rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book manages that rare but cherished feat of combining good research with a strong narrative structure. It's nominally about a tiger attack on woodsmen in far eastern Russia in the late nineties, but it's about so much more than that.
First of all, I, like many people, know very little about the Russian Far east, except for that minor flurry between Russia and Japan fighting over an island around that time. I knew even less of the Amur river valley, which borders China and Russia, and appare...more
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Nov 01, 2011Barbara McVeigh rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This true story of a man-eating tiger in the Far East of Russia reads like one of the very best suspense thrillers. I felt sheer terror from the beginning of the book. A man and his dog are returning to their cabin after a day of hunting. Suddenly they realize that something “is there by the cabin. The hackles on the dog’s back and on [the hunter’s] neck rise together. Together, they hear a rumble in the dark that seems to come from everywhere at once.”
John Valliant skilfully delays revealing w...more
Sep 14, 2010Sarah
rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exploration-and-adventure, non-fiction, russia
This book reads like a murder mystery...page turning and thought provoking. But it is so much more than that too! This book is filled with animal science, ecology, conservation efforts in Russia after perestroika, geography, psychology, umwelt theory, history and a whole bunch of tigers. In a land farther beyond Siberia, in the Russian Far East, Vaillant tells the true story of a tiger attack on a man in the late 90s. Reconstructing the crime scene, exploring motivations (man and beast) and the...more
Sep 26, 2010Ron
rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reportage, nonfiction, science, nature, philosophy, tigers, russia, siberia
The story of the tiger that stalked a forest in the remotest forests of eastern Russia, killing hunters and terrorizing a community, is amazing enough -- but John Vaillant's combination of reportage, historical background, and meditation about the relationship between man and nature is, at its best, reminiscent of the nature writing of John McPhee, which is to say it's a real treat to read, constantly offering up amazing and/or unsettling revelations about its subject. The things you learn about...more
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John Vaillant is a non-fiction author and journalist who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has lived in Vancouver for the past thirteen years.
John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside, among others. His first book, The Golden Spruce (Norton, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Gover...more
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A REVIEW OF `MEET THE TIGER' BY LESLIE CHARTERIS
`Meet The Tiger' (1928) is the first and rarest* of all of Leslie Charteris's novels which relay the adventures of Simon Templar, aka The Saint.
It is a tricky book to review, not only because copies today are almost as rare as rocking horse droppings, but also because its author offered his own scathing review in 1980 in which he claimed, 'I can see so much wrong with it that I am humbly astonished that it got published at all.' Indeed, those unfamiliar with the full canon of Saint books might well assume that 1930's `Enter The Saint' marks Simon Templar's debut. Charteris was certainly happy to propagate such a belief.
So, is Mr C's verdict a fair one? Well, any book which launches such a successful character in thriller fiction is worthy of celebrating, however primitive the opening adventure might be. `Meet The Tiger' finds Simon Templar in North Devon, attempting to unveil the mysterious Tiger who has hidden a shipment of gold in the West Country, which he plans to export and magically (re)discover in a mine on the other side of the world. The novel revolves around the hero's quest for both the booty and The Tiger's identity. The latter search takes priority throughout the story, and `Meet The Tiger' retains the feel of one of Agatha Christie's lighter mysteries such as `The Secret Of Chimneys' (1925). In short, the story's premise is quite intriguing.
However, there is some substance to Charteris's dismissive review, so let's deal with the story's limitations first of all:
a) The pace of the first two-thirds of `Meet The Tiger' is very pedestrian with little movement in terms of characters and location, and far too much pondering and theorising from both `goodies' and `baddies'. Many pages are devoted to Templar quizzing Tiger suspects with dialogue loaded with innuendo. After a while, this becomes irksome.
b) The book's dialogue in general is somewhat clunky. The Saint's banter with his adversaries would be refined in later novels. At times, his wit in `Meet The Tiger' is gratingly implausible. However, this is nothing compared to the irritating words churned out by Orace, Templar's cockney manservant. Trying to decipher the, 'Eh, wasgoinon'ere, guv?' script definitely jars.
c) The interesting back story behind the smuggling of the golden loot is underplayed. Its exotic locale would have made an engaging introduction to the novel, which remains rooted in North Devon throughout.
Nevertheless, to condemn `Meet The Tiger' to the inter-war thriller scrap pile would be to do it a great disservice. Yes, it is rather `rough around the edges' at times. Despite this, it is a far better read than many of the sausage-machine entries of the genre, such as Sydney Horler's `Tiger Standish Comes Back' (See my previous review.). Indeed, the final third of `Meet The Tiger' represents a terrific transformation in pace and quality. The dialogue-heavy plot shifts to a story of escape and ocean-bound revelations. Here the action is swift, the narrative sharp, and the final exposure of the Tiger both clever and surprising. It's like a car that finally rockets into life after a series of false-starts and stalls. Added to its grand finale, it should be noted that, in the attractive and plucky Patricia Holm, `Meet The Tiger' boasts the most likeable and believable heroine of its age and genre. Compare her to the 2D female characters in similar novels by Sapper, John Buchan and Dornford Yates for proof.
In short, `Meet The Tiger' is a tale of hits-and-misses, but one that ends with a satisfying twist and genuine thrills. That Charteris returned to writing about its hero's adventures so often and for so long (The Saint was still in action in the 1980s!) says much about the author's real affection for his yarn. Thus, whilst he fails to match Richard Hannay's entrance in `The Thirty Nine Steps' or the unforgettable debut of Hugh `Bulldog' Drummond, The Saint's premiere is certainly worth a read. In later novels, the legend, 'Watch for the sign of The Saint. He will be back.' Would appear on the final page. Had it graced the finale of `Meet The Tiger', it would have surely been a welcome sight in 1928...
Barty's score: 7.5/10
* `Meet The Tiger' was published by Ward & Co. Subsequent novels would be released by Hodder & Stoughton with a far higher print run and countless re-releases. Hence its rarity and high price tag for collectors.