Forest of Tigers is destined to become a benchmark, not only for the study of the Sunderbans, but for all humanistically oriented ecological research.
— Amitav Ghosh, author of The Hungry Tide
Annu Jalais brings to life the contests of conservation and human survival in the Sundarbans. In a work of rare distinction, she meshes history, anthropology and biology to give a vivid, often disturbing, portrait of the underclasses who live and work in the mangrove forests of the Bengal delta. No one who is interested in ecology or displacement, conservation or democracy can afford to miss this fine work.
— Mahesh Rangarajan, University of Delhi
This is a must read for those interested in the Sundarbans, its people and its tigers. It is also an excellent resource for social anthropologists and other social scientists. But, most of all, it is a timely contribution to much of our debates about "saving the environment".
— Biblio: A Review of Books (Sudha Vasan, University of Delhi)
Annu Jalais makes an outstanding contribution to the anthropology of forest life. In this book, one will find subtly theorised and moving accounts of women engaged in prawn seed fishing in the face of sharks, crocodiles, and other watery hazards; hunters and woodcutters who brave tigers and snakes in the mangrove forests; and extraordinary social workers who built schools and political awareness among the Adivasi, Dalit, and other lower caste migrants and settlers who have lived in the unstable islands of the Sunderbans since the mid-nineteenth century. Years of research in a very difficult terrain, empathy for those who live there, and deep insight into their ecology, worship, and livelihoods, inform the stories told in this fine book.
— K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University
About the Author
is Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.