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The Girl and the Tiger

A Novel
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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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  • Concetta Mazzetti
  • 19-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2020

Thrilling and moving adventure

Paul is an excellent writer and Deepti did an amazing job narrating - complete with many voices that bring the characters to life. We could all use a piece of wild to be awakened within us and this book stimulates the primal nature loving side in humanity. There are conflicts and challenges to those who value the lives of animals and people who choose to live closer to the Earth. This book highlights the desire to feel not just attached to the natural world but the deep need to be a part of it. Best wishes to Paul on his continued work supporting wildlife and connecting people with wild places, you can feel his passion in the pages of this novel, 5 stars!

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  • Crystal Edge
  • 07-11-2019

Powerful read.

This book made me laugh and more often, cry. The author did a great job painting a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of the reality happening in India. A must read for animal lovers.

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  • Brittany T.
  • 09-10-2019

This book is a must read!

This book pulled my heartstrings tight and drew tears down my cheeks as I journeyed with Aisha through the Indian jungle. I felt her love for the Tiger, the jungle surrounding me as I questioned my own strength and connection to nature up against her own. A rekindling of respect for our gods of the forest, and the love we deeply feel for the Mother Earth and her many beautiful creatures. Deepening my understanding for our loss of wild habitats and our duty to protect them, this books evokes the spirit of the wild into the heart and gives the soul a yearning for adventure. The separateness that humans claim from nature is a falsehood and we all are rooted together as one. Take a journey through the emotion of elephant herds and the struggle of the tribes to remain at one with nature. As a girl, a small girl and her fellow devotees guide a tiger back into the wild, you see a natural world crippled and a government corrupt.

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  • Michael J. Mcmorrow
  • 29-09-2019

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