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Moon Tiger

A book by Penelope Lively

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A fearlessly driven novel that shows the power of memory in all its audacious splendor.

  • May 8, 2013
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Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a contemporary pitch-perfect crafted novel that reverberates around the dying Claudia Hampton, a best selling author of popular history. Dying from cancer in a London hospital, she is forced into the cell of her bed, but while her body is severly restricted, her soul and consciousness are free, far from the repression of illness and medicinal injections. With that freedom, the independent Claudia takes a journey unlike any that she has taken previously; it is a journey into her inner self, into the treasure trove of her mind where all the experiences and memories of her earlier life are vaulted. And it is with that that she decides to write or convey an oral history to herself in the hopes of untangling the vast assortment of questions that accrue over a life span of how and why a person does the questionable things that they chose to do. She is, in essence, forced to go back in time and face her own Judgement. In the novel she confronts failed love (the character of Jasper), lost love (the tank commander Tom), a daughter with nothing in common (Lisa), to a plethora of other matters, both great and small. Moon Tiger is a good read, powerful in its evocation of the past through the kaleidoscopic memories of a dying soul. It is a work of fiction where the tapestry of memories becomes the art form, and the keeper of those memories becomes the artist. How true for us all.
A fearlessly driven novel that shows the power of memory in all its audacious splendor.

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review by . January 11, 2010
"Moon Tiger", for which the author won the Booker prize, is a book that I could admire, but not like. The main protagonist, Claudia Hampton, an accomplished historian, lies dying in a London hospital bed and looks back upon her life. The resulting series of first-person flashbacks, interspersed with third-person accounts of the same episodes, coalesce into a tightly constructed kaleidoscopic view of Claudia's life which is impressive for the skill with which it is achieved, but ultimately left me …
review by . August 25, 2008
Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a contemporary pitch-perfect crafted novel that reverberates around the dying Claudia Hampton, a best selling author of popular history. Dying from cancer in a London hospital, she is forced into the cell of her bed, but while her body is severly restricted, her soul and consciousness are free, far from the repression of illness and medicinal injections. With that freedom, the independent Claudia takes a journey unlike any that she …
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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.
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ISBN-10: 0802135331
ISBN-13: 978-0802135339
Author: Penelope Lively
Publisher: Grove Press

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