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Tiger Hills Hardcover – March 9, 2011

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*Starred Review* Set in Southern India at the end of the nineteenth century, Mandanna�s magnificent debut follows the fortunes of two childhood friends throughout their lives. Precocious, sparkling Devi, adored by her parents, reaches out to Devanna, whose mother left his father and committed suicide, leaving the boy�s place in his family uncertain. Devi and Devanna become the closest of friends, but as they grow older, Devanna develops feelings for Devi that she doesn�t share. Devi has eyes for only one man, Machu, a cousin of Devanna�s who is renowned for killing a tiger during a hunt. When Devi reaches her teens, she pursues the older Machu, vowing he�s the only man she�ll marry. Devanna studies science and herbal remedies with a German missionary, who thinks of him as a son and helps him gain entrance to a university in Bangalore to study medicine. A brutish fellow student makes Devanna�s experience at the university miserable, and a final monstrous transgression sends Devanna running back home to commit an act that will change the course of his life and Devi�s forever. Once the story gets going, it is impossible to stop reading Mandanna�s spellbinding epic. --Kristine Huntley


"Time and again, Mandanna steers her novel in surprising directions. "Tiger Hills" explores the hazardous side of passion and the shackling grip of memory... An illuminating portrait of place..." (Editor's Choice, New York Times)

"Beautiful prose and delicate handling..." --Kirkus Reviews

"Mandanna's sweeping saga is ambitious, engaging..." --Publishers Weekly

Spanning years and multiple locations, the novel introduces a variety of well-developed characters, and plot twists keep the reader wondering. A great read... highly recommended." --Library Journal

Magnificent. A powerful story both fresh and timeless.  A backdrop of evocative complexity... Mandanna describes its riches in language equally lush. Poignant and provocative.--Editor's Choice, BookBrowse

"Set in Southern India at the end of the nineteenth century, Mandanna's magnificent debut follows the fortunes of two childhood friends throughout their lives...It is impossible to stop reading Mandanna's spellbinding epic." (Booklist (starred review))

"Ambitious...Engaging." (Publishers Weekly)

"Beautiful prose." (Kirkus Reviews)

"An extraordinarily imaginative novel with prose that catches in the heart like poetry" (Leila Meacham, author of ROSES)

"With great skill, Sarita Mandanna inserts the reader into Southern India in the late 1800s and captivates us with her saga of a strong-willed girl making difficult choices that will change her life...I was hooked up to the very last page, and reluctant to have to leave this fascinating world." (Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author of RED RIVER and CANE RIVER)

"Set in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mandanna's Tiger Hills is lush with descriptions of Coorg in India. It's a novel that is sprawling, epic in scope and exquisitely crafted in details. An absorbing, thoroughly engaging read." (Indu Sundaresan, author of The Twentieth Wife and Shadow Princess)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished reading the book,and am left with mixed feelings. The first third sets a gentle pace, this is a love triangle, we most certainly can guess the final outcome, the question is how will it be resolved? In this part of the book, Mandanna showcases her exquisite descriptive skills. You are transported to another world, another era and you will love the experience.

Somewhere around page 100, the narrative takes off like a rocket. The story grabs you and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

The final third is about the next generation. The narrative slows down, the author's ability to paint a rich background tapestry seems to disappear.
My thinking is that the five years she took to write this novel was used mostly for parts 1 and 2. Part 3 was probably written in a couple of weeks. Or, so it seems.

So,is this chick lit? Not really. Men would love to read it just as much as they loved to read GWTW. But this book is about suffering as only a woman could probably experience or understand it. My empathy with the heroine began to wane when she went into a forced marriage, it disappeared completely by the time she called someone very close to her a curse. I am sure I reacted like most men at this point: What the heck is she doing???!!! It's a Wilco Tango Foxtrot moment!

Being from Coorg I loved that the novel was set there, but a couple of things surprised me. Coorgs don't say dosa and meesa; they say dosae and meesae. Men do not tonsure before a funeral, it is done after. Mandanna describes the fields as being lushly green during the sowing. Every Coorg knows that, during transplanting, the fields are grey and muddy.

A couple of other things: Tukra the Poleya seems to have the run of the house.
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Tiger Hills takes place during British Colonial rule in the Coorg district (now Kodagu in Karnataka State) in southern India. It follows the lives of Devi and Devanna, and later Muthi, and their relationships with each other.

Devi, the much beloved first female child of several generations, is a headstrong girl from the beginning, wrapping her family around her finger and well aware of that power. She befriends the younger Devanna, and after he is orphaned he comes to live in her home. They grow up as siblings and the best of friends, but Devanna always expects that someday they will marry.

When a ten year old Devi sees Muthi at a "tiger wedding", she becomes immediately smitten with the 21 year old hunter and declares that she will marry him and only him. Her determination is not lost as the years pass, and leads to many complications and sorrows in the lives of all three.

Mandanna uses wonderful descriptive phrases to paint a sensory experience of the Coorg district. The colors and smells and sounds are vivid and, Mandanna's skill in filling the reader's senses is the strongest point of the novel.

The plot begins very slow, and when it does pick up it is to spiral the characters toward unpleasant events or unfortunate choices, none of which come as a surprise to the reader. Granted, a novel does not have to have a happy or pleasing plot to be an excellent novel, if it is well written--take Nabokov's Lolita, for example, which is one of the finest novels ever written. The prose of Tiger Hills, though, is not very striking (with the exception of the location descriptions), and I had to make myself continue to read. When Mandanna's plot planning and general writing match her descriptive ability, she will produce exceptional novels.
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Reading this book is like taking a fascinating journey through the Coorg region of Southern India. Though many people (even in India) may not be familiar with that region and its people, I found that the theme of the book and the story of its characters have an universal appeal that people all over the world can relate to.

The book looked big but surprisingly right from the first chapter, the story was very well paced. It was a compelling page-turner and I found it hard to put down.

The author paints wonderful landscapes that spring to life and the detailed descriptions of the places make them seem like one is looking at a picture and not reading a book. In addition to the graphic descriptions of the region, the book uncannily captures the human emotions - be it the innocence and purity of the child's mind, the torment and confusion of adolescence or the everlasting emotions of true love.

The book provides great insights into the customs and traditions of the Coorgs. In addition, given that the book is set in the pre-independence colonial India period, it was very interesting to read about the descriptions of the English planters, the European missionaries and their influence on the local culture.

References to various regional and global historical events in the period that India transitioned from under the British empire to its independence are entwined in an exquisite manner into the story and its characters.

This book is a must read and is a wonderful item to gift to someone. I just ordered a second copy !
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