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Tiger Moon By Antonia Michaelis Tiger Moon Fate brings together a talking tiger a doomed princess and a rascally thief in a thrilling old fashioned tale from an exciting internationally acclaimed new talent How does a story of India begin

  • Title: Tiger Moon
  • Author: Antonia Michaelis
  • ISBN: 9780810994812
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tiger Moon By Antonia Michaelis Fate brings together a talking tiger, a doomed princess, and a rascally thief in a thrilling, old fashioned tale from an exciting, internationally acclaimed new talent.How does a story of India begin Does it begin with the three rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna, the unseen Sarasvati pouring her dreaming waters down from the snowy mountains to the hot, dry plain Like other greFate brings together a talking tiger, a doomed princess, and a rascally thief in a thrilling, old fashioned tale from an exciting, internationally acclaimed new talent.How does a story of India begin Does it begin with the three rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna, the unseen Sarasvati pouring her dreaming waters down from the snowy mountains to the hot, dry plain Like other great storytellers of India, newcomer Antonia Michaelis weaves a tale that is grand in spirit and earthy in humor She introduces the young thief Farhad, master of many disguises but not of his own heart, who, with the help of a sarcastic tiger, must save a Hindu princess from marriage to a demon king It is the unlikely friendship between boy and tiger, and the sacrifice their journey demands, that is the soul of this lushly told, beautifully felt novel.
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    1. TheBookSmugglers on said:

      Original review posted on The Book SmugglersWarning this review contains spoilers, SmuggleRAGE and Caps Lock of FuryTrigger warning rapeSet in magical India, Tiger Moon pays homage to Arabian Nights and Scheherazade by featuring a story within a story Raka, a young bride married against her will to a powerful merchant who will surely kill her once he discovers she is not a virgin, tells a tale of rescue to a young servant boy a eunuch, who is not actually a eunuch called Lalit She tells the stor [...]

    2. Catie on said:

      I didn t realize that this is an English translation of the German novel, Tiger Mond until I opened it up and read the names of two authors It feels like kismet because I was just having a chat with a friend of mine about non English novels Isn t it frightening how much great literature us poor, ignorant, English only speaking people probably miss out on I know that I m frightened What if my book soul mate is out there right now, but I can t read it because it s written in Japanese I better get [...]

    3. Coreen(AsThePlotThickens) on said:

      You don t understand at all It doesn t matter what s true and what s a fairy tale That s not what matters The dividing lines aren t as straight and simple as you think I started reading this after finishing Life of Pi mainly because I wanted to learn about the culture of India and I chose well because this book took me to the place that I really wanted to be at that particular moment Farhad Kamal, is a thief who was forced by the Hindu god Krishna to take a journey and save a princess, along th [...]

    4. jesse on said:

      shitlistedtiger moon is professed to be a bewitching story set in magical india and from the get go the story is peppered with generalisations, words and descriptions that show how exotic, magical and chaotic india is incredibly offensive things like life is worth so little in india in india, all stories are outlandish life in itself isn t valued highly in india the book has 448 pages on page 433, raka, the main character is raped by her husband but this is ok because she is rescued immediately [...]

    5. Kerstin on said:

      I loved this book LOVED LOVED LOVED it The writing was immensely beautiful I won t use this space to describe the plot, I will just use it to list the quotes that melted my heart If you could see my book, I have little napkin pieces marking my favorite pages throughout the book It looks like my book had a cold with as many tissues and napkins sticking out of its openings She was different from all the women Lalit knew She cast her eyes down like a timid girl, but when he met her gaze for the fir [...]

    6. ✨jamieson ✨ on said:

      How does a story about India begin Does it begin with the three great rivers The Ganges, The Yamuna, the unseen Sarasvati pouring her dreaming waters down from the snowy mountains to the hot, dry plain With a leap right into the midst of chaos Yes, that is how it should begin UM UNDERRATED BOOK ALERTThis story sucks you in right from the beginning The descriptions of India are beautiful, and rich You are truly transported into India and feel as if you re travelling alongside the heroes on their [...]

    7. Sandra on said:

      This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves And the heart of the hero who wasn t a hero felt both light and heavy.Tiger Moon, Antonia Michaelis s beautifully written tale of two intertwining stories of hope, despair, love and friendship glows as well with each turn of the page The book is filled with mystical images laced with magical realism which guide the reader into a world of sacrifice and heroism.Safia, the stunningly beautiful daughter of an impoverished high caste father [...]

    8. La Coccinelle on said:

      Never heard of Tiger Moon I hadn t, either After finding myself thoroughly frustrated by listening to glowing online reviews only to find that I didn t agree with the reviewers conclusions at all , I went to our local children s bookstore to see if the salespeople there could recommend anything I might enjoy I specifically asked for something that was well written One of the women working there handed me this book and said it was one of her favourites I d never even heard the title before, but a [...]

    9. Chelsea on said:

      This book was beautiful, and sucked me in fairly quickly To be honest, I wasn t sure about it when I started reading I picked it up at the library on a whim and because of a slight obsession with India and I am so very glad I did It tells the story of Safia and Lalit, both trapped in the own way, and Farhad, an unlikely and unwilling hero, accompanied by Nitish, the sacred white tiger who knows little of the world Other characters are sprinkled in with a wonderful ease that makes the story that [...]

    10. April Helms on said:

      A really neat story, that did NOT end the way I thought it would It s almost two stories in one, but it s hard to tell where the story ends and reality begins, which is part of the charm Farhad, the unwitting and reluctant hero of the story, is charged with trying to rescue a princess from a demon He is aided by a sacred white tiger, a tiger with a sarcastic tongue and issues of his own Meanwhile, in a distant land, the young bride of a tyrannical, wealthy merchant keeps her spirits up by tellin [...]

    11. Lara on said:

      On the one hand, this was kind of a beautiful story Fiction becomes reality, words bring life, the princess is saved, heroes are born, and all is well in the end And it s not at all a predictable story, either, which is kind of unusual these days BUT The characters are likeable, not lovable And the action istion and not suspense I didn t feel like I ever truly CARED about the outcome for individual characters, just for where Michaelis was going with this story the big picture There was just some [...]

    12. Anuja on said:

      Good plot checkEvolving storyline checkImpressive characters checkThis book has everything a reader asks for, but the only dealbreaker for me was the way author handled Indian mythology.There is part of me that found this book a little offensive I kept shouting inside my mind, THIS IS NOT REAL INDIA THINGS DOESN T HAPPEN HERE LIKE THIS however the author always has an artistic license.Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, a lot but somewhere in the back of my mind I started to compare it with [...]

    13. Sarah on said:

      This book was written as an Indian epic folktale We have an unsuspected hero who starts out as a theif and is given the mission to save Krishna s the Hindu god of love and some other things I can t remember just now daughter from an evil demon king That is the story within the story because the main character, a girl from the dessert is telling this story to her future husband s servant eunuch, which reminds me of Arabian Nights where, if i remember correctly, the new wife tells her husband, the [...]

    14. Leslie on said:

      I was not expecting very much out of this book and it surprised me The author is a German woman who spent a while in India She writes about it with the enchantment of the outsider The story is fast paced, engaging, a kind of fairy tale in which the power of transforming virtue, trust, friendship, and love drive the plot A young woman is sold in marriage to a powerful Rajah, who becomes ill before consummating their marriage In terror for her life, because she is not a virgin, she tells a story w [...]

    15. Rah~ri on said:

      Left smiling.Am very well satisfied.A kids book, though not so much for the overly young The manner it was written, the way the story was told, reminded me of The Never Ending Story The way reality and fantasy grew together and apart only to merge again, and were then left in a sweet exhausted embrace.A perfect story of thieves, Gods, heros, Amazing mystical animals, demons, and antagonists, innocents, innocence, birth and death and the craziness of ever changing life It took place in such a sho [...]

    16. Doris on said:

      The official reviews list this as a grade 9 12 read but if it had been available I would probably have read it in the 6th.The tale is a Scheherazade style tale of a tale told to forestall certain death The story is well written, weaving together past and present, bringing the reader in as a viewer of the story as the young bride crafts a tale to persuade her young admirer to rescue her It layers Indian history, culture, and mythology, into a story of a powerful man who will kill to preserve his [...]

    17. Aly the Reading Rabbit on said:

      Yay I just finished this book Took me forever to read I m not really sure why.Maybe it was the fact that I really couldn t immerse myself in most of the book Some parts were really exciting and made me keep turning the page, but much of it was really quite the opposite.Put aside the very little bad feedback Haha I loved this book It was really imaginative and fun to read Nitish, the tiger, was definitely the best character.I hope you take time out of your day to read this book It may just be me, [...]

    18. Miriam on said:

      A beautiful young girl is sold into marriage with a cruel sheik and carried away from her beloved desert Waiting to be killed when he discovers that she is not a virgin, Raka tells her a young eunuch the story of a poor thief who must rescue Krishna s daughter from a demon who wants to marry her.The cover is a bit misleading, as the character is supposed to be older in fact, there is some casual sex which I wasn t expecting from a YA book I wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this one but decided o [...]

    19. Lisa on said:

      I found this book really accessable The presentation of the Hindu Gods was very understandable The frame of the story a woman waiting to consumate her marriage knowing that it will lead to her murder she is no longer a virgin and knows her husband s rage will lead to her demise might me a bit much for 6th grade readers, though they would love the adventure of the tale This might be a good choice for 7th grade lit circles, but I question the authenticity of it as the author is German and accordin [...]

    20. AlmaRamos-McDermott on said:

      A Romeo Julietesque adventure set in India, complete with Indian gods, superstition, a sacred stone, talking tigers and Antonia uses her year spent in India to craft a tale that rings of Scheherazade and her quest to stay alive by telling tales each night of her captivity I think she went a little overboard by throwing in 2 very unnecessary, very adult love scenes in a book of children s fantasy, which spoiled it for me.

    21. Kelly Moore on said:

      It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did it completely took over my brain While it s a traditional story in many ways, it was also unlike anything else I ve ever read I felt like I really was in India during a time when the British were steadily controlling and of the country, yet a widespread belief in old, powerful stories and faith persevered Instead of being just another story about magic, it was a magical story corny, but true.

    22. Michele on said:

      While not horrible, I realized by the end of it that if you changed the names of the characters and the cities and the flowers, it could have taken place anywhere I m very interested in Indian mythology and was disappointed to have read an ordinary fairytale.

    23. Aisha Cooper on said:

      This is one book I can t wait to read again Two tales one seemingly fantasy and another a sad reality connected through possibility.

    24. Jamie on said:

      An Indian peasant girl named Raka is sold to a wealthy merchant to serve as his eighth wife But she knows that when he discovers she is no virgin the merchant will gladly kill her Raka s last nights alive are spent telling the story of a thief, a tiger, and a demon to a eunuch in the merchant s palace.I am so glad I read the Ramayana before picking up this book It s ber satisfying to hear the names of the Gods and references to the stories in the Ramayana and know exactly what they re talking ab [...]

    25. Allison on said:

      I found this book browsing in the library and was intrigued Based on the plot and the first few pages I thought it strange it was in the YA section when it seemed like a children s book I soon discovered that YA is appropriate, and one scene in particular would belong in the adult books But this book, though I thought it dragged on a bit, was a charming love story of India that I enjoyed.

    26. Isabella Black on said:

      I cried at the end, it does not end very well for the tiger It was a very good story though.

    27. John on said:

      Pretty good YA novel involving a young boy who attempts to cross India on the back of a magical Tiger It does include a couple of pretty mature scenes, so be aware for any younger readers.

    28. L.J.Spiller on said:

      Farhad was a thief in the city of Varanasi, India, when he stepped into a sacred praying garden and stumbled upon a silver amulet that someone placed in one of the lotus blossoms After retrieving it, the Hindu god Krishna appeared and sent Farhad on a quest to save his daughter from marrying the demon king, Ravana In order to do this, he must travel many weeks to the city of Jaisalmer, located in the Thar desert But, he only had one month to do so In order to get to the desert, Farhad and Nitish [...]

    29. Tasia on said:

      I m finding it hard to make a decision on this one It s a very entertaining read that seems very aware of the British influence in India and its effect on the people, one that tries to celebrate Indian culture and history but has some really problematic views of India as well It s like it can t decide view spoiler Many reviewers have pointed out the problematic language that pops up every now and then, particularly statements about life mattering little in India and ideas about Indian mysticism [...]

    30. Eskana on said:

      This book in one word Fresh Tiger Moon tells the story of well, several people First, it is the story of Safia, a beautiful young woman living in colonial India who is chosen to be the eighth wife of a rich merchant She is taken to his household, but unbeknownst to him, she is not a virgin, and she knows that as soon as he finds out, she s as good as dead Desperate but unable to escape, Safia begins telling a story to Lalit, the young eunuch who guards the women, and so another story unfolds tha [...]

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