The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

eBook - 2019
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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.
1930s colonial Malaysia. Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. Then one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir. Houseboy Ren is racing to fulfill his former master's dying wish: 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 a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren's paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250175441
1250175445
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (372 pages)

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darladoodles
May 09, 2019

This exotic story set in 1930's Malaysia is intriguingly anchored by the five Confucian virtues: Ren (benevolence, charity, humanity), Yi (honesty and uprightnesss), Zhi or Ji (knowledge), Xi (faithfulness), and Li (propriety, politeness). We need Ji Lin, the seamstress/dance hall girl, early in the book and learn about her step-sibling, Xin. That's two virtures. Then we meet Ren, the houseboy, with a deceased twin whose name was Yi. That's four out of five. For some time Ji Lin and Ren destinies run parallel, but then they begin to cross in unexpected ways. Both realize their names make them a part of a set. Who will join them as the fifth virtue? What is behind the string of deaths in the hospital town? Is the myth of the night tiger lurking in their midst? The author does an excellent job narrating her own work and I would heartily recommend this enlightening glimpse into Malaysia during British occupation.

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jac523
Mar 27, 2019

The Night Tiger was magical! I loved how the author pulled together multiple narratives and the sense of atmosphere that was apparent throughout. Since I'm a huge historical fiction fan, I also really enjoyed the historical detail of Malaysia.

SCL_Tricia Mar 15, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow at the beginning and I never did find that it was a "page-turner" but the setting was well done and the magical realism was intriguing. This one won't keep you up at night wanting to read another chapter but it is a good story.

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farbrite
Feb 23, 2019

Just finished The Night Tiger and loved it. It's a bit slow--languorous--at the beginning, but I could hardly put it down for the last 100 pages. Much of the story relates to the spirit world, but there's also mystery, danger and love. For me there was the extra pleasure of its setting, Malaya in 1931, as I was there for several years a long time ago. Terima kasih, Yangsze Choo! Please write another book soon!

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