The Tiger : A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
by John Vaillant
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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It’s December 1997, and a tiger-eating man is on the lookout outside a remote Russian villageThe tiger is not only to kill people, it is to destroy, and a team of men and their dogs hunting on foot through the forest in the brutal coldAs the trackers sift through the macabre remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks are not random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendettaWounded, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacular and mysterious region’s magnificentWe meet the indigenous tribes who for centuries adored and lived alongside tigers, and even share their kills with them.We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly reduced tiger populationsAnd we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, turned to poaching and still upset the natural balance of the regionBeautifully written and deeply instructive, The Tiger Circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Romeo, the tracker leader; and the tiger himselfIt is an absolutely fascinating tale of man and nature that inexorably leads to a final confrontation in a deep clearing in the taiga.
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