Tigers in Red Weather Paperback – 1 Jul 2012
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"With palpable tension and spot-on sensual detail, Liza Klaussmann shows us a family in the exacting wake of the Second World War. Marvelously plotted and deliciously sophisticated, this is a book I'll be raving about for a good long while!"--Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife"
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This is one of those novels with not only multiple viewpoints but a time line that jumps around between 1945 and 1969. Whilst a structure where the plot moves forward but with flashbacks is OK, this time travel back and forth is difficult for the reader - I had to refer back a lot and missed certain points.
Characterisation is very good and the narrators are fairly reliable - they just don't communicate well and therefore don't get to see what is happening in front of them. The Derringer family all have multi-coloured layers but Helena's family are much blacker - a brooding alcoholic, the sinister Ed and the deranged Avery.
The plot also moves along nicely - except that the reader has to work hard to establish it all. All in all an interesting and atmospheric read.
It's hard to know which genre this belongs to, it has a bit of all sorts in it. Romance? Thriller? Mystery? Family Saga?...It's all of those and none of them at the same time. It's difficult to describe.
Some of it makes no sense at the start and it's not until events are told from another person's viewpoint that little clues start to reveal themselves but it seemed like there was a lot of Red Herrings throughout...maybe I just missed some important clues though as it was a bit hard to keep up with it all sometimes.
All in all a good read and one that really conjures a bygone era.
There are five characters, and five of them make this book sizzle and work on you, and build up and make the book a page-turner. Post-war America (somewhat a sixth character, always there) is beautifully and eloquently described, my mouth was watering at both desciptions of meals cooked by Nick and descriptions of sizzling hot summer evenings on the East Coast. There is a certain charming, almost hypnotising setting to the whole events-packed story.
"Tigers in Red Weather" is well structured and Liza Klaussmann knows her characters. She distinctly voices completely different players to the setting, they are all different, they are all alive on the pages of the story devoted to them.
But to be totally honest, overall, even though I devoured this book literally within one Saturday, I found it to be a bit weak on the conclusion. The one chapter that was saved to the end, the one that were to really grab you and answer all the questions left me a bit disappointed. But, as I mentioned before, the book is not a thriller or a study on the development of a criminal mind. And I don't think Ms Klaussmann's aim was to write some serious study on the family workings or on parents - children relationships. But she certainly enjoyed writing the book - and I certainly enjoyed reading it. Everybody wins. Sometimes that is all there is to the literally craft (and in my humble opinion, this book is very well crafted!).
Another star goes here for creating such a bitter sweet relationship between Nick and her husband Hughes. I could literally feel their pain and frustrtaion; their badly timed desires for each other were palpable.
A good read.
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