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Tale of the Tigers Paperback – October 8, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
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!)
The book picked up in the middle and near to the end, the writing improved and one started to understand why the book began the way it did. Although it failed miserably with execution, I understand why the author did what she did.
I absolutely hated the near end to end of the novel. It was preachy, it was as though the author attempted to missionize through the novel. Which is a right any author would have, I however, do not personally enjoy novels that attempt to missionize.
All-in-all I planned on given this book 4 stars up until the missionizing part. Then I could not justify giving this book over 3 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Black man/white woman relationships are common in America, and few people think much of it anymore. It is less common that black women date white men. Read morePublished 3 months ago by April Morris
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 4 months 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 11 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 14 months ago by Mabuxt
I'll quickly second the favorable reviews here: the dialogue between all characters often sparkles, Ms. Read morePublished 18 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 19 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 21 months ago by Michele