- File Size: 2314 KB
- Print Length: 266 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B084DH66NM
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Magnum Opus - A Next Chapter Imprint; 2 edition (January 31, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084DKNR82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'A beautiful, powerful tale to move the hardest heart.' THE SUN
'A compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu.' THE TIMES
'Unexpected, moving and magical. A new direction for Tony Black, and a bold one too.' Emlyn Rees, International bestseller
'A rare and heartfelt fable of an immigrant boy torn between his fears for an endangered species and the father who's employed to kill off what remains of that breed.' Paul Sayer, Whitbread-winning author
'It's great, a real departure from the dark arts of crime fiction but a successful one as it creates a genuinely engaging picture of strangers in a strange land, as well as carving a haunting space between historical reality and timeless fable.' Nick Barlay, Granta 'Best of Young British Novelists'
-SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Black does such an excellent job of showing the tigers in the wild and making them seem real, important and wonderfully strange ... It's a pretty impressive recreation of an animal we know very little about."
"Very well executed ... Delivered with insight, this tale of society's outsiders is poignant and moving."
-THE BIG ISSUE
"The Last Tiger will bruise your heart and prowl in your mind. A lyrical, mystical masterpiece."
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The only drawback for me was that here and there the writing gets a little florid for my liking.
Still, this book is enjoyable for many ages -- I can see young teens with well-developed reading tastes getting into it.
But Myoko, after several direct experiences with tigers, vehemently disagrees with his father and, when what is perhaps the last lair is discovered, father and son clash.
This is a story of head vs. heart, the past vs. the present, reality vs. the supernatural. The father, who must provide for his family pitted against Myoko who's desperate to save a stately animal. However, there are also several dark secrets that Black skilfully weaves into the narrative through periodic flashbacks to the family's life on the farm and the reasons for their flight to Tasmania.
The Last Tiger is beautifully told - the nearest a novel could come to poetry without being such. The descriptions are rich and vivid, the reader is entirely immersed in the family's lives and their tribulations. The clash between father and son, the mother's descent into instability and superstition to save her husband with the fate of the tigers enmeshed with them. The sense of place is strong, the characters bright and alive.
A powerful tale of man and the environment.
Black reveals true depths of human emotion as the family become alienated from each other, dealing with loss and grief in their own ways, each equally destroying the bonds that tied them together until there is no possibility of reconciliation. A simple story of a boy and his fight to save a tiger that beautifully illustrates the complexity of humanity. A truly wonderful book.
Tony Black’s storytelling had me in awe the whole time while reading this book until its very last page, it is indeed a rich, lyrical, vivid and utterly believable tale that will either let you sit on the edge of your seat in excitement or leaves you simply drenched in tears! Tony definitely had me turning the pages more slowly as I neared its end, as I didn’t want the story to end at all! Someone recently said that “The Last Tiger” by Tony Black is a poignant tale that will break your heart in so many ways and at many different levels … I can only second these words!!! Personally I can only say Myko’s story stays with you for a long time, it’s an unforgettable read and deserves its highest praises!!!
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I shan't go into details of the synopsis as it would just be repeating what previous reviews have already said.
However, after reading Tony Black's excellent His Fathers Son, and then the DI Bob Valentine series, I was eager to try The Last Tiger.
I was intensely moved, reduced to tears at one point, and also horrified at some of the descriptions of the tiger hunters and their relentless persuit of their bounty.
This books takes the reader on a journey from one country to another, but also on an emotional journey, exploring the complexity of human relationships when there is conflict within a family, the intense love and fierce loyalty one can feel towards a member of another species, and also the exact opposite of that when all that matters is money and recognition.
I was also struck by how much Myko grew and matured as the story progressed. It seems he went from a boy to a young man in a relatively short time.
For me, this is quite a departure from my usual choice of reading but it is certainly a book I have no hesitation in recommending.
Incidentally, I would also like to suggest a viewing of the short video on Tony Black's website, in which he explains quite comprehensively his reasons for writing this book - well worth a watch.
John D Arran