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The Tiger in the Well Hardcover – Oct 1990


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf (Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679902147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679902140
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,151,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ONE SUNNY MORNING IN THE AUTUMN OF 1881, SALLY Lockhart stood in the garden and watched her little daughter play, and thought that things were good. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HLT on 27 Oct. 2001
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This is a fantastic follow-up to the previous two Sally Lockhart books, and the best of the three (I'm excluding the Tin Princess because Sally is hardly in it). Philip Pullman again shows us that he can write a childrens' book that is also perfect for adults... and in a truly adult way, as opposed to the childhood nostalgia that Harry Potter can evoke.
During the first part of the adventure, Sally falls very far indeed, losing almost everything she values, as her enemies twist the legal and social system of Victorian England against her. You end up really feeling outrage and anger on Sally's behalf, especially if you know her from the previous books.
As you read, you know there'll be a fight-back, but (if you've read his other books) you'll also know that this author doesn't always deliver a happy ending, or even characters who live to the last page. So, you're left on the edge of your seat, wondering what's going to happen...
The only criticism I'd level is that the mysterious identity of the villain is all too obvious (especially if you've read the other books), and Sally's inability to spot it is therefore frustrating. But even that doesn't take away from the excitement and tension that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next...
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "thesilvertongue" on 6 Dec. 2002
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When I read the Harry Potter series I thought WOW no one writes books like these nowadays, I couldn't have been more wrong 'The Tiger in the Well' blew me away! Philip Pullman created a masterpiece and if you don't fall in love with this book, you're probably a highly chauvanistic male.
Sally Lockhart is a strong female character with guts and spirit, she's certainly not a typical woman of the 1880's. She has to prove herself in a male dominated society, where women have little legal rights and boy does she do that! You have to admire this girl's strength and determination. She's a great role model. What made Sally such a great character is that she is so refreshing after reading innumerable books with strong central male characters.
I thought 'The Ruby in the Smoke' was sensational and 'The Shadow in the North' was a real tear jerker towards the end. But this book beats them both even without Jim (for the most part) and Fred. We really do see Sally at her best. Well done Pullman!
If you're going to buy one book this Christmas make it this one and forget about Harry Potter because he has nothing on this girl!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Livvy H on 25 Mar. 2006
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Sally's world is perfect- she has a daughter, great friends and a lovely home, until she receives a letter which turns her world upside down. A man she has never met before claims they are married, and is asking for custody of her beloved Harriet (her daughter). An excellent story about Sally's battle with this unknown demon, trying to find out why anoyone would want to make up lies about her, but also trying to desperately protect her daughter. I recommend it to teenagers/adults, and suggest reading the previous books to truly understand the story.
I found that I couldn't put the book down- it was very well written, and had the beautifully vivid writing that was shown in the previous books.
The only problem was the abrupt ending- I found Philip Pullman skipped time a bit, and didn't go in to too much detail, which made the ending appear a bit rushed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Mulholland on 17 Aug. 2003
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In Trilogys the third book is usually the worst but Pullman manages to turn that upside down.
This is the final book in the fantastic Sally Lockhart trilogy,the plot grips you and keeps you guessing what will happen up to the final page.All the characters are well written and it's easy to get caught up in this whirlwind adventure a brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy with enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. It contains all the mystery of The Ruby In The Smoke and all the suspense of The Shadow In The North it has everything you would expect in a Pullman book, a must have on all bookshelves.
Don't worry if you are a fan of the Sally Lockhart trilogy there is a spin off book from them containing afew familiar characters and afew new ones The Tin Princess is the final mystery to solve just as good as this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Z. Gibb on 18 Mar. 2001
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I thought that The Ruby In The Smoke and The Shadow In The North were great books but then i read this one and this is definetly the best... Daniel Goldberg is also a great character. Sally is a brave and very modern woman. She does what she wants and is not a typical victorian woman. Philip Pullman has an extroadinary gift that kep you reading right to the very last word. I was a little confused when i got to the end but reading it again made it all clear.
I read the Shadow In the north first then the ruby in the smoke and finally this. Probably not the best way to read them but i enjoyed them all the same A must read for all pullman fans
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Horton on 15 Dec. 2004
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This is the third book in Pullman's 'Sally Lockheart Quartet' and is an exeptionally good read. In my opinion, it's slightly slower than its prequels, but is still a gripping and exciting book.
It is advised you read the series in order (starting with 'The Ruby in the Smoke'), unlike what I did and start with this book - though it is a credit to the author that I got into the book and understood it despite not having read its prequels. If you were to read this before reading its prequels then some elements of the previous books will be spoiled for you.
If, like me, you were attracted to this book because of Pullman's fantastic 'His Dark Materials' trilogy but was put off because this is set in the Victorian era and not a fantasy book, I'd urge you to buy this and give it a try anyway. Personally, I only usually read fantasy books ('Harry Potter' and 'The Lord of the Rings', for example) but I was pleasantly surprised on reading this, and was very glad I'd taken the risk and bought it.
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