The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.” —Kirkus (starred review) An utterly transporting novel set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, perfect for fans of Isabel Allende and Min Jin Lee Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes. Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible. "A work of incredible beauty... Astoundingly captivating and striking... A transcendent story of courage and connection." —Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: [S.l.]: Flatiron Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250175441
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Mar 24, 2021

Overall, I enjoyed it. The author created an engaging world in 1930s Malaysia, interweaving British colonial, ethnic Malayan and ethnic Chinese characters into one story. I appreciated the main characters and the story became quite gripping about half-way through. I raced to the end to find out what happened.

Nevertheless, I did have some problems with the book and the authorial choices, resulting in the lowered rating. It took a while for me to get immersed in the story. I think it moved a bit slowly for me, with abrupt viewpoint changes, up until about 25 percent in. The story was always a balance of fantasy and mystery from the beginning, but it became unwieldy at the end and the author seemed to have lost control of where she was heading. What appeared to be a mysterious tale with supernatural elements ended almost like a stereotypical British mystery.

In summation, a book with great promise and ambition with an abrupt and ill-fitting resolution.

Dec 29, 2020

I'd give this a 4.5. The actual mystery is just so-so, which is why I'm not giving it a 5.0. But beyond that, the story itself, filled with SE Asian/Chinese culture and mysticism/animism, is fascinating. If you don't fall in love with little Ren, a precocious 11 year old, you have no heart.

Nov 18, 2020

This book took me about 100 pages to get into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down. What a great blend of folklore with modern realism. Is there a weretiger, is there not? Why are body parts missing from the hospital and who is involved? Will Ji Lin grow into her own free woman to do the things she wants, or will her over-bearing and abusive stepfather always control things? So many storylines that come together as the book draws to a close. If you like stories that make you wait until the end to figure it all out, you will enjoy this book.

EKGO Jun 19, 2020

A severed finger, mauled bodies, and a hospital bring together a group of very different people: Ji Lin, a young woman who wants to be a nurse but gets by as a seamstress during the day and a dance hall girl at night; her stepbrother, Shin, who is on his way to becoming a doctor; William Action, a practicing doctor in the hospital where Shin is doing his residency; and Ren who had recently worked for a rural English doctor and is now Acton's houseboy.
British-ruled Malaya in the 1930's is the rich setting for this slow-paced mystery peppered with romance, Chinese folklore, and magical realism.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 19, 2020

I loved the unique Malaysian setting and the "is this magical realism or is there simple human reasons for these events?" feel of the story. I also always enjoy books with historical setting and female leads who aren't particularly interested in the path society has in mind for them!

Dec 13, 2019

A nice blend of romance, mystery, and fantasy. Some things (explanations) were not believable--more like 6th sense or esp. Maybe I'm just too cynical.

Jul 30, 2019

Who'd have known a book about a missing finger could be so entrancing? Add mystery, foreign setting, folk religion, and the interesting dysfunctional family setting and you have a concoction that kept me intrigued.

Jul 15, 2019

Wonderfully crafted story on the theme "be careful of what you wish". Reminded me of The Monkey's Paw short story by W W Jacobs that I read years ago in school.

JessicaGma Jul 05, 2019

A very atmospheric mystery set in Malaysia where you're not quite sure who is going to help or hinder the protagonists. The folklore gets explained well, along with the magic elements. This is a great read, especially if you want to travel in your armchair.

Jul 05, 2019

This was a really pleasant mystery/ghost story/romance. I didn't find the characters were very deep or remarkable, but I enjoyed the story.

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Aug 23, 2019

We were a chocolate-box family, I thought. Brightly wrapped on the outside and oozing sticky darkness within.

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