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Tiger! Tiger! [Paperback]

Alfred Bester
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28 Nov 1974
One hundred and seventy days adrift in the fathomless black frost of space, Gulliver Foyle, Mechanic's Mate 3rd Class, is at the end of his tether. But Gulliver doesn't know that he's the 24th century's most valuable commodity.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (28 Nov 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140026207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140026207
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars As exciting as a sci-fi novel can get 19 Mar 2002
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...I first read this book very many years ago soon after it first came out in paperback and it still lives in my memory as one of the most exciting reads in any fiction genre you could hope to find. The wonderfully inventive use of technology embroider the plot's twists and turns, whilst the electric pace makes it a genuine page-turner. The characterisation is tremendous too, and Gully Foyle is a man you won't forget in a hurry (God forbid I should ever meet him though).
Bester was a really terrific and original writer, if somewhat low on output of as high quality as this (although the Demolished Man is also an excellent read). I rate this book as one of the very best adventure novels of all time. Try and get hold of a copy, even if you think you don't like science fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With an awesome rending the world turned 4 Jun 2003
I can't believe that this book has not been reviewed before in Amazon. This is a truly seminal work which shockingly reflects the alienation, bitterness and cynicism of the post-war world. With a character loosely modelled on Swift's Gulliver the narrative explores 20th Century politics and culture with the inner Solar System as a backdrop. We see a disturbingly faithful reflection of society cruelly driven by fear and propaganda with science and technology as the fulcrum of the machinations of the ruling oligarchy. It is our own world stripped to the essential core.
With eloquent prose the story describes the magnified and distorted passions of a lassez faire and deeply divided scientific culture. The principal character is a desperately driven iconoclast suffering death and rebirth in the clockwork model universe created by Bester.
I read this book twenty five years ago and the detail has not gone away yet. If anything it becomes more vivid as human society converges on Bester's aweful visions.
This is his only work of any moment. The remainder of his collection I have read and find them to be entertaining but trivial by comparison. It is a pity that he had so little left after writing Tiger! Tiger!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly good Sci-Fi 26 Nov 2000
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A really gripping tale of ultimate vengeance with lots of twists and turns. The central character of Gully Foyle is a wronged man and a classic anti-hero. Alfred Bester is one of the all-time sci-fi greats and I rate this book ahead of The Demolished Man as his best and one of the very best Sci-Fi novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 Oct 2010
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I ordered this because I read it years ago. Its a fabulous book - great story, and very unusual, and I'm very fussy about my SF.
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