• The Girl and the Tiger

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Rosolie
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Isha is a girl who loves animals but struggles in the confines of school. When she is sent away to live with her grandparents on the Indian countryside, she discovers a sacred grove where a young Bengal tiger has taken refuge. Isha knows that the ever-shrinking forests of India mean there are few places left for a tiger to hide. When the local villagers also discover the tiger, Isha finds herself embroiled in a life-or-death cultural controversy. 

Isha’s crusade to save the tiger becomes the catalyst of an arduous journey of awakening and survival across the changing landscape of modernizing India. Her encounters with tribal people, elephants, and her search for the wild jungle are the source of her revelations about the human relationship to the natural world in a gripping story of determination, discovery, and coming of age.

©2019 Paul Rosolie (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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A wonderful but often heartbreaking story

When I started this book I thought it was weird, violent and confusing and came close to stopping many times. I continued only because of the wonderful reviews it had received. I’m so glad that I did. I loved the main character, Isha, and her determination to help a tiger cub. Her character was so well developed within the story that I felt as if I knew her and her strong convictions. The supporting cast of characters were equally developed and I came to have compassion for all of them. I will admit that within the novel there were many violent acts towards animals. So, if you’re an animal lover as myself these will disturb you greatly. An added bonus for me was learning about the culture of India and the struggles within the country…modernization, tribal groups, and the loss of animal habitation. I’d also like to commend the reader! strongly suggest you listen to this book.

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Excellent Novel

I started reading profusely when I was in 11th grade. I am now 73 years old. During that time I have read thousands of novels. I am trying to think of novels that I have enjoyed more than this one. It is difficult – perhaps: All Quiet on the Western Front, Of Mice and Men, East Of Eden, Fahrenheit 451, The Time Machine and maybe a few others. But that's about it. In other words, this is one of the finest and best written novels that I have ever read. I will be stunned if it doesn't win a Pulitzer Prize for literature. People talk about stories that they can't put down. They have no idea what a "can't put down" story is until they start reading this story. I read this book because I had also read Paul's first book "Mother of God" (which Is also outstanding). Because I have spent much time in the Amazon Jungle of Peru working with the people in the remote jungle villages, I immediately made a connection in this, the first Paul Rosalie book. I applaud Mr. Rosalie as THE OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONIST in the world. Michael McMorrow – North Clarendon, Vermont, USA

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Couldn't Go On, Despite the Excellent Narrator

The narrator of this book was excellent, and I would have liked the story except that the the cruelty of humans against animals and nature, seemingly the point of this book, was too much for me. I grieve every day for what we are doing to the earth and the creatures who inhabit it with us, so listening to a book in which animals are brutalized and killed with regularity was so unpleasant for me that I stopped when a new victim - this time a helpless bear, defeated and helpless and surrounded by a howing mob, was introduced. Who needs to hear the outcome? Prior to that, I endured the details of the horrible deaths of two tigers, a goat and the torture of elephants, all but the goat at the hands of the humans in the story. This is just not a book that was enjoyable to read, so I took pity on myself and stopped.

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nothing but tortured sadness

I couldn't stomach the violence and brutal story telling. There were no silver linings and no joy to balance out the heartbreak and bleak reality. Torture to listen to.

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Just Excellent

This was thrilling and refreshing. A wonderful, exciting & original story with the authenticity a jungle-loving conservationist can provide, and flawless narration. Highly recommend.

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Gore

This book has such potential. But so much gore and vivid savagery. Nonstop. I couldn’t listen anymore.

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Rapt

I was engaged from the beginning. I was impressed with the interspersed knowledge of the authors willingness to discuss sensitive topics of the relationships between man and beast, and class/caste systems. Throughout , the author entered the minds of these characters, it was effective. The reader was immersed in understanding what drives the decision making, the rights of all to survive, exploitation, despair, and corporate greed. I needed tissue throughout.

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Great Adventure, Mixed Writing

Enjoyed first part of book learning about Indian culture. Imho, book needs a lot of editing - I gave up about half way - really liked first half than story meanders with some too descriptive violence for my taste.

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A book that really makes one think

A teenage girl runs away with a tiger cub in modern India, after the townspeople kill the mother and a second cub. What can go wrong with a girl trying to mother a wild tiger? What can go wrong as the tiger grows? How can things go when other people want it captured and put in a zoo, or killed?

Plenty can go wrong. The girl named Isha has tenacity and grit. The struggles are numerous. She meets an ex-priest, a sanctuary owner, and a boy close to her age. The boy has a blind elephant.

This book explores the clash between humans and wildlife, habitat loss, the treatment of indigenous peoples, and modern versus traditional India.

At first I thought maybe the book was 4 stars, but I finished it recently and it is really sticking with me.

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Much more than I expected

I was looking for a book on the Indian jungle and Bengal tigers. From the descriptive teaser, I expected an eco-preachy story along the lines of humans being the source of all evil. Since this was a free book for me, I gave it a try not holding out much hope that it would be a captivating read. I'm happy to say I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, the story was set against the backdrop of the diminishing Indian jungle and the impact that is having on the wildlife, but I felt it was not oversensationalized for effect.
The story of the young girl and the tiger was an odyssey full of adventure with interesting characters, intriguing settings, and tragedy. At times, I felt the story did meander a bit but the vivid language kept it interesting. The author wrote descriptively in a way that made me feel as if I was there with the characters.
The narrator did a wonderful job portraying the story's characters with variation in tone and cadence.
Perhaps the most moving part of the entire book was the author's epilogue at the end where he explains how the story came to be.

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  • 09-18-21

wonderful story

I loved this book but it was very sad at times and had me crying many times.