Think of Vaillant as a younger version of John McPhee, but on steroids. Much of it is spent on the landscape, cultural examinations, and on the personal history of the people involved. As a result, the author is reduced to a great deal of conjecture and speculation. Not only can these animals be cunning and unpredictable, Vaillant shows us that they can be incredibly smart and gentle when optimal conditions arise. Yet it engages the reader on political, socioeconomic, and conservation fronts in order to explain how the stage was set for a deadly showdown. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and The Walrus, among other publications.
These maestros believe killing a tiger without cause is as vile as murder, and such a violation of natural order that calamity is destined to follow. Still, by trying too hard to provide a complete picture, Vaillant loses most of the readability needed to make the information memorable. Not only was it a beautiful piece of non-fiction, it had the added bonus of being incredibly creepy and unpredictable. This is a great book that gave me a window into an unexpectedly rich animal and environment that I'd never thought much of -- I recommend it very highly. Both gruesome and shocking, The Tiger tells a frightening story based on one of humankind's most primal fears and expounds on the miraculous killing machine that is the Amur Tiger. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the tiger a true story of vengeance and survival vintage departures gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. They see themselves as blood brothers of the Amurs--but as Vaillant shows us, no one fights more fiercely than relatives.
A remarkable, thoroughly researched, informative chronicle that will appeal to readers interested in the conservation of wildlife. He is a former war correspondent for the Associated Pressand a three-time National Magazine Award finalist. Or in a narrative book it would take maybe 20 pages or so pages. While this book is footnoted and has an extensive bibliography, I would suggest it for anyone who simply likes a good adventure story. The blending of the animal and sociopolitical information in this book was really a wonder to behold.
He is a former war correspondent for the Associated Pressand a three-time National Magazine Award finalist. This approach means that I read a lot of books in areas where I have no expertise and little real interest, merely because someone did a great job of presenting the material and I got hooked. Still, this is a relatively intriguing story and is definitely thoroughly documented and seems to have involved a lot of personal investigation. Consequently it was inevitable that conflicts between man and tiger would arise. In no way do I think that my review of this book does it justice. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the taiga, John Vaillant provides an unforgettable true account of a lethal collision between man and beast in a remote Russian village during the late 1990's. However, I can see some people being turned off by all the detours and side streets the book takes.
Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to ten feet long, weigh more than six hundred pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain. This makes them truly scary creatures. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again. To this day, the Wilmington lion has never attacked or even emerged from the suburban shadows. Vaillant has tremendous empathy for all the actors involved, despite a strongly realistic outlook, and you will be able to feel the story as though you were a part of it. Vailiant, particularly the parts of the story that focus on the tiger and the hunt.
It seems that there are not only lingering political tensions between Russia and China, but that China has an insatiable appetite for Russia's resources. There are hunters in Siberia, Vaillant tells us, who can sniff the woods and identify animals by smell. The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator. It's a gutsy approach that could easily lead to chaotic storytelling, but Vaillant is careful to keep the bone-chilling storyline taut by capturing the intensity of an animal worthy of our greatest respect and deepest fears. Can't wait to finish it. The Tiger was excellent but the narrative surrounding the relationship between the tiger and its victims is only part of this book. Consequently, it's impossible to read Vaillant and not have learned something new.
And it's all woven together in a manner that made me want to keep reading. This is a real-life adventure story that is rarely encountered. Negatives aside, the book is still worth a read. Although I have read other books on tigers mostly Bengal tigers , this book really taught me about the world from a Siberian tiger's viewpoint. Some Chinese myths claim that even devils and demons are afraid of the tiger. A good deal of the book is also devoted to describing the living conditions in that part of the world, the history of the region, the political and government influences, and the extremes the people must go to simply to survive day by day, Some of this bogs things down a bit.
By turns absolutely fascinating and monstrously chilling, The Tiger explores the world of the Siberian tiger from its mythic history and extreme habitat to modern economics and black market poaching. A remarkable, thoroughly researched, informative chronicle that will appeal to readers interested in the conservation of wildlife. Fearsome strength is at the command of a calculating mind that relentlessly stalks its newest prey: man. Read it and be afraid. It does have a rather small story of a man eating tiger terrorizing a community, but it balloons out, covering all the eddies of history, natural history, economics, and culture that moved the characters to this moment where their worlds collide.