Moon Tiger

Moon Tiger

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by Penelope Lively
     
 

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history; lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history; lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends. At its center — forever frozen in time, the still point of her turning world — is the cruelly truncated affair with Tom, a British tank commander whom Claudia knew as a reporter in Egypt during World War II.

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“A powerful, moving and beautifully wrought novel about the ways in which lives are molded by personal memory and the collective past.” —Boston Globe

“Emotionally, Moon Tiger is kaleidoscopic, deeply satisfying. The all too brief encounter between Claudia and Tom will surely rate as one of the most memorable of contemporary fictional affairs. This is one of the best novels I have read for years.” —The London Sunday Telegraph

“It pulls us in; it engages us and saddens us. It is also unexpectedly funny . . . It leaves its traces in the air long after you’ve put it away.” —The New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
Lively recently won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for this deeply moving, elegantly structured novel. The heroine is Claudia Hampton, an unconventional historian and former war correspondent who lies in a hospital bed dying of cancer. Forced inward, Claudia moves randomly across time and place to reconstruct the strata of her life. But ``most lives have their core, their kernel, the vital centre''; Claudia's is the brief, tragic encounter she had in Egypt during the war with Tom Southern, a British tank officer on leave from battle. Tom's voice, along with those of her brother and daughter, joins Claudia's to shape a narrative that is a complex, intricately composed fugue. This haunting evocation of loss is Lively's finest achievement yet.Laurence Hull, Cannon Memorial Lib., Concord, N.C.
New York Times Book Review
"It pulls us in; it engages us and saddens us. It is also unexpectedly funny.... It leaves its traces in the air long after you've put it away."
Boston Globe
"A powerful, moving and beautifully wrought novel about the ways in which lives are molded by personal memory and the collective past."
Publishers Weekly
Winner of the coveted Booker Prize, Moon Tiger is "a novel of exceptional intelligence and depth, by one of England's finest writers."
Telegraph The London Sunday
"Emotionally, Moon Tiger is kaleidoscopic, deeply satisfaying. The all too brief encountere between Claudia and Tom will s urely rate as one of hte most memorable of contemporary fictional affairs. This is one of the best novels I have ready for years."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802135339
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
114,490
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.59(d)

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Moon Tiger 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
swimsreads More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The main character is unapologetically unconvential. The author shows that what we think of ourselves is uniquely our own view. No one can experience life as we see it. Similiarly, as well as we know others, we will never know everytning about them. One of my new favorite authors.
jwminnyc More than 1 year ago
An observation made over the years is that serious readers have their favorite authors. Penelope Lively has shoved her way onto my favorite list - right near the top. This is writing that you do not forget after the last page has been turned; her characters, writing style, and originality stay with you for a long time. Comparisons to people and circumstances we know are frequent - with the added dimension of nuanced insight. Penelope Lively is a very gifted writer and a pleasure to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Penelope Lively has written heart-wrenching and deeply moving books before ('Passing On' for example) but 'Moon Tiger' is to this date her masterpiece. An immensely engaging novel, rich with perfect language and heart stopping emotions. I recommend this book to the world.
greyhound_lvr More than 1 year ago
Great writing, clever use of various points of view and non-chronological narrative. Reminded me at times of Slaughterhouse Five. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was wonderfully written and evokes many different emotions within the reader. What begins as a story of Claudia Hamilton's life, the reader is introduced to a character with a strong personality that touches many different levels of interpretation and interaction. I liked Claudia's strong will, set personality, and the interesting chain of relationships that she develops. The way history is woven, her personal story, draws the reader in. In the beginning, the nurses wonder if this woman was ever 'somebody.' As we dig further into the story we realize that Claudia was a woman with many facets, sure of herself and intimidating to many. In my opinion, the character of her daughter Lisa, who always seems to see herself as a complete opposite of Claudia, seems to me in some ways similar in many ways. The fact that Lisa never reveals the identity of Paul to her mother begins to reveal, in my mind, a side to Lisa's personality that would have made Claudia see a bit of herself in her daughter. Sylvia even envied Claudia. The strength of her personality seems to overshadow many of the weaker personalities around her. The relationship between Gordon and herself was intriguing for many reasons. The fact that she keeps her relationship with Tom to herself also touched me, because there are some parts of our lives, some details so intimate and personal, that to try to explain them or share them seems to diminish their very essence. The thing that seems to strike me most is the way that throughout the story of history, the one detail that will never change, our one constant, is that the story of life goes on with or without us, some having changed or been made better or worse having known us. All we can do is try to make an impression on those we know, to live on in memory, value our accomplishments and company, and let people know that we are 'somebody' in this world. Time is fleeting, as is youth, but the beauty of Claudia's story, and the characters that she interacts with, are far from fleeting. 'Moon Tiger' is a wonderful read that speaks volumes about the narrative that we call history! The structure of writing is cleverly put together. I like the way her chronology jumps. It never gets too scattered to the point of confusion, but allows the reader to follow the flow of her memories, which after all, is all history is--a bunch of memories and facts written down. Some is embellished, some diminished, an interpretation, left for others to either believe or not. This was an excellent book that made me appreciate Claudia's version of history and the realization that where her story stops, a thousand more begin!!
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MsKiz More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept to be in the mind of a dying woman as she reviews her life.
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lifeworkdesigner More than 1 year ago
Moon Tiger is the journey of an elderly, dying woman looking back on her life with cleverly inserted stories told by her children and friends at various stages. It brings to light the different perspectives we each have of ourselves and of those we interact with over the years. How different our understandings are sometimes! As an independent female war journalist in the early decades of the 20th century, the main character is a fascinating woman of the sort that led the way to the feminist movement that followed. Her travels and love in the trenches keep the story moving and the character of Claudia, who seems shallow and self-centered at the beginning, becomes an admirable woman at the end. This book has made me think about how all the parts and pieces of my life will eventually fit together.....an interesting proposition to consider.
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Name:twilightforest Gender:female Age:it is impolite to ask a womans age Looks:black tabby with ginger sploches.she has twilight eyes and is verry pretty. Personality:verry frendly,loves kits,but is verry protective,and brave Family:sister is leafspots Mate/crush/kits:no.not yet.no Other:you can ask i wont bite
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
The writer loved this word. Appeared at least five times. Rather enjoyable story most of the time. I found the ending, however, not well conceived. Could have been omitted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book you will not easily forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange book, one lady war corresponite making a review.the neglect of her only child was not natural....Just not my style, I only bought because my name is Lively by Marriage now i know they must all be strange