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Tale of the Tigers Paperback – October 8, 2009
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This will perhaps put me in a bad light, but as I've grown older, maybe I've gotten myself into a bubble of ignorance over the years; I honestly didn't think race relations -- including inter-racial dating -- were still at the level of acrimony portrayed here. I remember as a young teenager growing up in Florida (not as bad as Alabama, Mississippi, et al, but still "the South"), one of my first "non-platonic" love interests was a black girl who lived nearby in our almost all-white apartment complex. The looks, comments, and general vitriol I got -- from both kids and adults (including my dad once he found out) -- as I awkwardly pursued the young lady surprised me even then. I simply didn't get it. Ms. Ochieng's novel brought a lot of those memories back, placing it into today's world and making me feel that we as a society are no more advanced in race relations than we were 35 years ago, deep down.
Ms. Ochieng's novel talks about things that perhaps we're afraid to talk about. It will make you think, re-evaluate those feelings that you may have that you don't say out loud. Now that I'm thinking about these things, I have to wonder if we'll ever be able to get past physical differences. Having worked in emergency services now for a lot of years, I can promise that everyone's blood is red, everyone's organs all look the same and are in the same place; the only difference between us, really, is on the outside.Read more ›
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has the rare ability to make me hear her voice when I read her words. She's real and you quickly come to believe the characters in Tale of the Tigers are real.
This book is a morality tale. And that's what our society needs, a bit more morality. If you buy this book I believe you will enjoy it. (NO, YOU CAN'T BORROW MY COPY... I PLAN TO REREAD IT THIS WEEKEND!)
This sort of thing didn't concern Kevin, but then, he was a football star, and people were loath to mess with him - except, of course, for the little matter that he was a white kid, and some people had a problem with the very idea of Kevin and Felice as a couple.
It's a simple tale being told here, but the complexities of race, how we deal with it and how we fail to deal with it, make what could have been a cut-and-dried polemic into an engrossing story, and Ochieng manages a tricky balancing act: she calls out racist behavior, calls it what it is, without feeling compelled to demonize those who behave that way. When attitudes give way to action - well, that comes later in the story.
People who never once in their lives looked longingly at someone of another color may claim not to understand this book. But here's the catch: human relationships are often fraught with peril, and you can substitute a lot of words for "color" - "religion," "social caste," "educational level" - without affecting the truth of the matter. And that's the strength of "Tale of the Tigers": it never takes its eye off the truth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Juliette Ochieng has written a thoughtful and interesting tale of romance and race relations. The characters in the story are believable because they struggle with many of the same... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Fleeger
This was not of the best books that I have read. I can understand that racism still exist but do we always have to have the need to write about it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pearlene Borders
This went a totally different way than I anticipated. Well told story with some surprises that I'm still working through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mabuxt
I'll quickly second the favorable reviews here: the dialogue between all characters often sparkles, Ms. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Il Padrone
Tale of the Tigers could have been just an ordinary romance dealing with matters lightly before resolving everything neatly and getting to the HEA, and it would have been a good... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jamie K. Wilson
Great book, it made me laugh and cry. Now that I've read this one I'm starting on the author's other books I'm certain they'll be just as great.Published 18 months ago by Michele
Cons -- Too many steretypes, mention of slavery, why were the hero and heroine dating if she felt like that. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by S. Parsley