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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141044845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044842
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 899,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leaves its traces in the air long after you've put it away (Anne Tyler)

A complex tapestry of great subtlety. Lively writes so well, savouring the words as she goes (Daily Telegraph)

Very clever: evocative, thought-provoking and hangs on the mind long after it is finished (Literary Review)

About the Author

Penelope Lively has written many prize-winning novels for adults and children. They include: The Road To Lichfield, According To Mark, Moon Tiger (which won the 1987 Booker Prize), Heat Wave, Spiderweb, The Photograph, Making It Up, Consequences and Family Album. Penelope Lively lives in London.


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Moon Tiger is the brand name of the mosquito repellent which slowly burns throughout the balmy nights of Claudia Hampton's brief affair in Egypt with a young tank commander, Tom Southern. And this is the emotional core of Penelope Lively's award winning novel as her protagonist lies dying in a London hospital bed. Once a beautiful, intelligent, unconventional historian & former war correspondent, fate helps turn Claudia into an egoistic person and callous mother. For this book is not only about love, but about war and the way it transforms whoever you were, into whoever you've become - and how you are individually viewed by others.

Now a cantankerous old patient with failing consciousness, Claudia Hampton's mind moves randomly across time and historical events to reconstruct the strata of her life. The author presents her story in an unusual way, which I found a little difficult to follow at first. Some of the narrative is told in the past tense and some in the present tense, and it skips from 1st to 3rd person; it also alternates narrative voices. I think this 200 page novel benefits a second reading; "I'm writing a history of the world," she says. And the hands of the nurse are arrested for a moment...... "Well, my goodness" ...... "Upsy a bit dear, there's a good girl - then we'll get you a nice cup of tea."

This moving, poignant story that captures the last thoughts of a dying woman is a compelling read and a well deserved Booker Prize winner. I always enjoy Penelope Lively's understated way of writing, but for some unknown reason I have only just read 'Moon Tiger' over the weekend. I loved it - and this haunting evocation of love and loss must surely be her finest work.
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By BookWorm TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2010
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I didn't really expect to like this book, but decided to give it a go on the strength of it having won the Booker Prize. Rarely have my expectations been so strongly proven wrong. I expected from the blurb that it would be depressing (the main character is an elderly woman dying in hospital) - it is not at all. I imagined it would be dull and fragmented - but it is neither.

So how can I describe what Moon Tiger is? It is a truly beautiful written story, the language is just so nicely constructed. Every sentence is exactly as it should be. It evokes a vivid sense of place and time, and also captures something harder to describe - emotions, sensations. I found it utterly absorbing and it is one of those stories that alters your mood and mindset just by reading even a small fragment.

The principal character, a once beautiful, firecely intelligent and very strong minded woman, is never a figure of pity or sorrow even though she is at the end of her life. She is often dislikeable, as she tells her story, yet always fascinating, vivid and very real. The way she eclipses and affects the other characters around her is shown through both her and their recollections. Unlike many books that mix different narrators, in Moon Tiger this never leads to confusion, and always seems to be the right way to tell the story. Likewise the jumping around in time - something which often irritates me in a book - never became confused or annoying.

So all in all, a masterful piece of work. One of those books that you should just read for the simple pleasure of it!
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I always loved the cover of this book and got it out of the library with every intention of reading three or four times before I actually did read it. Thank goodness I did, is all I can say!
Claudia's 'kaleidoscopic history' is beautifully recounted by the dying woman, loved and hated by those around her, slipping seamlessly between past and present. Every character feels human and alive, and even though there are aspects of Claudia's story that we know (without being told) pretty much from the outset, you can't help wishing that things would be different. Despite this, I just know that this story would be half as good if any detail was changed. I think the thing that makes it the most poignant is that this is such a vibrant life, and yet the nurse has to ask the doctor 'Was she somebody?' It's as though Claudia has already died, and I felt to a large extent that she had, because the really vital Claudia was left behind with the characters who died before her, and it's just a shadow lying in the hospital bed.
This is a beautiful story of life and love, my favourite book of all time (which is certainly saying something). Try Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier if you like this, I thought there were a few similarities.
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I read this book because it was a Booker Prize winner. I love this book because it's deep beyond words. I found it incredibly moving. The lyrical way Ms. Lively blends the past with the present is amazing. In the end you feel you've lived life right along side the main character, Claudia. She has become at once a relative you never knew you had. Her thoughts and fears take hold of you and despite your feelings about her choices in life, you care about her and are moved. The detailed historical references and incredible imagery are not to be missed.
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Moon Tiger moves between different countries effortlessly, with an engaging love story set against the exotic background of Egypt and also makes interesting use of shifts in time between the narrator as an old woman remembering the past and the young woman she was then. This is a novel that makes use of all the senses in its evocative scene settings - you feel as though you have been to the locations she describes.The story unfolds gradually and satisfyingly - by the end of the book one has the sense of having completed a journey - a journey which gives us greater insight into how love can resonate through time. In the first paragraph we are told that this is to be "a history of the world" and so it is - the narrator's world and the people who have inhabited it from her youth up, told with sensitivity, humour and compassion.
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