Moon Tiger

Moon Tiger The elderly Claudia Hampton a best selling author of popular history lies alone in a London hospital bed Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness but she imagines writing a histor

  • Title: Moon Tiger
  • Author: Penelope Lively
  • ISBN: 9780802135339
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best selling author of popular history lies alone in a London hospital bed Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends At its centerThe elderly Claudia Hampton, a best selling author of popular history lies alone in a London hospital bed Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends At its center forever frozen in time, the still point of her turning world is the cruelly truncated affair with Tom, a British tank commander whom Claudia knew as a reporter in Egypt during World War II.

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    1. Penelope Lively

      Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.Her other books include Going Back Judgement Day Next to Nature, Art Perfect Happiness Passing On City of the Mind Cleopatra s Sister Heat Wave Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt Spiderweb her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked The Photograph Making It Up Consequences Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.Penelope Lively lives in London She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.

    320 thoughts on “Moon Tiger”

    1. [U]nless I am a part of everything I am nothing.We are like waves in a vast ocean moving forward to break upon the shore and vanish, yet the ocean remains. Each wave has it’s own narrative, each person a starring role in the story of their own lives, yet all of us are a collective ocean of minor and major roles coming and going from the larger narrative of human history. Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize winning novel Moon Tiger examines ‘the intimate debris of people’s lives’ through a s [...]


    2. The narrator announces this is to be a history of the world. What she means, we soon learn, is that it will be a history of the world as experienced by her. We have all been exposed at certain times of our life to moments of history which mysteriously remain an essential part of who we are. Perhaps a childhood visit to Hampton Court, a passage in a school history book about Cleopatra, a documentary about an archaeologist hell-bent on finding the remains of Troy – moments that are like portals [...]


    3. Claudia Hampton speaks to me of wars fought in distant lands, of the ever-persistent forward march of humanity in the quest for collective betterment, of stories unknowingly buried forever in the catacombs of time and never unearthed, of the people we carry in our hearts wherever we go, of the history of the world intertwined with our own. Claudia tries to make sense of the cacophony of voices inside her head and outside, of conflicting opinions colliding violently creating sparks that burn down [...]


    4. A very personal take on historyIf I ever met Ms. Penelope Lively, it'd go one of two ways: I'd embarrass myself, falling over her with syrupy praise, thanking her with babbling, awkward effusiveness for creating such a masterpiece OR I'd tell her with the bitterness of a withered crone that reading this book dampened every hope I had of writing something even close to its equal in impact, beauty or originality. She has raised the literary bar, HIGH.It's a double edged sword when you're a writer, [...]


    5. Wow. Just wow. The nerdiness quotient in how I picked this book up is off the charts (it was quoted in an article I was reading for my thesis) but I can honestly say I have rarely made so wise a geeky decision. To read the summary on the back in a bookstore, I doubt I would have decided to read it. An old woman dying alone in a hospital reflects on her life. Call that a picker-upper. But the way she constructs her life: viewing it as a historian. Weaving the history of the world into her own exi [...]


    6. This winner of 1987 Man Booker Prize probably should have won many more distinctions. The main character, Claudia, is anything but dull; she is irascible, unapologetic; a woman very much ahead of her time. “We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse; we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard. I never cease to wonder at it. That words are more durable than anything, that they blow with [...]


    7. An impressive account of war-correspondent and popular-historian Claudia, from her childhood to her death, the story she tells herself in a hospital bed at the end of a long life, its style mimicking the way a person might remember, without it being so-called stream-of-consciousness. Claudia’s thought processes include eras she didn’t live through—those of Pilgrims and Aztecs, for example—connecting those times to herself and to the time she did live through. The narrative also gets hand [...]


    8. Long before The English Patient there was this very taut novel about WWII in north Africa. There isn't a wasted word in the entire novel and while you may not always sympathize with the main character (Claudia), you will enjoy her razor-sharp wit. Her daughter is portrayed as a dull product of a love affair but Lively doesn't allow that to go on either, allowing the daughter to have her say. I've read this countless times because Lively is a master or rather mistress of economy with words and ye [...]



    9. Late life reminiscences have been done before, though they are rarely as eloquent as this one. Claudia lies abed, reexamining the years and the people with whom she spent them. She recalls the complex relationship with her brother Gordon. As a child, she had once asked God to eliminate him - painlessly but irreversibly, but as adults, they were more like a married couple, so closely tuned it was almost incestuous. She also fondly and sadly remembers her brief affair with Tom, the only man she ev [...]


    10. I've been musing on feminism and the prevalence of white supremacism in its most visible structure which no. Nope. Uh-uh. So, what does that leave me in terms of the where-do-we-go-from-here? Strange and terrifying and unthinkable places, judging from conversations both online and off, because if social justice is less realization and more Inception and a much deeper plain is called for than what is sustained by the majority of entertainment both canonical and otherwise, what are we allowed to a [...]


    11. This book positively shimmered. I thought about it for days afterward, and not for any specific reason apart from sheer awe at this author's skill. This novel is perhaps the best book I've read all year. Her economy of phrase, wit, and ability to apply a dream-like sheen to a whole compendium of characters makes this book a strange journey, much like an odd dream that you wake up wondering, "was that real?"


    12. The depth of this novel is amazing. Even though there are numerous points of view, and the main narrator does not follow a chronological account, every page of the book is a small piece of lovely reading pleasure. This is not to say it is a quick read, sometimes some sections are so deep one wants to read them over again. The wisdom of looking into the motivations of mankind, their power to decide and suffer the consequence of those decisions is what Lively tackle’s in Moon Tiger. Caudia, the [...]


    13. I just finished this book. It was tremendous. I wish I had someone to talk with about it. It's a constant deficiency in my life that I read something that moves me and there is no one around with whom I can discuss it.I've only recently discovered Penelope Lively. I think I read a review of her book HOW IT ALL BEGAN in ArtForum. It was terrific and I decided I wanted to read the Man Booker winner, MOON TIGER. Even better. The subtly, the humor, the unique voice -- it is no surprise to me this bo [...]


    14. "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 m [...]


    15. Moon Tiger is a masterfully crafted novel. Unfortunately, this does no good. It tells the story of a terminally ill woman, Claudia Hampton, on her deathbed who tries to summirize her life (I do intent to put things as simple as possible because Moon Tiger has already stolen the show with its complicated narrative). The novel thoroughly explores Claudia Hampton’s life from multiple points of view switching between a first-person narrative and a third-person narrative (which, too, does no good b [...]


    16. Uma idosa está hospitalizada e, enquanto não morre, escreve a sua versão da História do mundo e, simultaneamente, a da sua vida. Nada interessante. Para mim, para o júri do Booker Prize de 1987 é com certeza; ou, pelo menos, mais do que os livros dos outros concorrentes.


    17. She lies awake in the small hours. On the bedside table is a Moon Tiger. The Moon Tiger is a green coil that slowly burns all night, repelling mosquitoes, dropping away into lengths of grey ash, its glowing red eye a companion of the hot insect-rasping darkness. She lies there thinking of nothing, simply being, her whole body content. Another inch of the Moon Tiger feathers down into the saucer.As Claudia Hampton – the records do suggest she was someone, probably – lies in her hospital bed, [...]


    18. Moon Tiger has been one of my greatest discoveries to date. I loved this book immeasurably, and am grateful that it came to me at such a perfect time in my life (from the dusty shelves of an Oxfam bookshop), so that I could not only comprehend it as I did, but also could come away feeling significantly altered by it.The story is of glorious Claudia Hampton, writer, historian, lover, mother, woman. But the story itself is secondary to its telling. What matters most here, or so it seems, are words [...]


    19. It's a book I read decades ago, and it's probably one of my least favorite Penelope Lively. It demonstrates her wide minded versatility and her intrinsic to the core writing skills. And within a succinct length of pages and within clear insight to a personal life.This time I only read it about half way through, because I have a long list and just wanted to prep myself for the books by Lively I have NOT read previously. Dare I say this? She was ahead of her time, but she was not such a rebel nor [...]


    20. I don't understand why this book does not appear in toplists. Agreed, it was awarded the Bookerprice in 1987 (before the great hypes), but seems to be forgotten since, whilst according to me it really is a pearl.Maybe it is because the story appears to be a kind of pulp fiction: that of a remarkable woman, Claudia Hampton, looking back on her life, on her deathbed, and with a passionate love affaire as crucial ax. But don't get me wrong: this really is a very interesting book and even a tough re [...]


    21. I do not think I would argue that this is good as a novel, depending on what one understands or expects if anything, from a novel. It is similar in theme to "Bruno's Dream" by Iris Murdoch, the account of a dying woman seen principally through her eyes, her reminiscences, the shifting chronology of her awareness, her memory of isolated images and scenes. The dying woman, who is undoubtedly very like the writer, has grown old with the century and this accounts reads like a brief encomium or swan- [...]


    22. Penelope Lively at her best, and one of the best Booker winners IMO.How did I never read it before? It will stay with me for a long time.A couple of websites:"She is interested in the operation of memory - how it works and how we use it - and with the nature of evidence," wrote her editor at Penguin, Juliet Annan."Her preoccupations are with telling a tale from different angles But also, like any good historian, she is meticulous in her research." bbc/news/entertainment 331 Dec 2011Penelope Live [...]


    23. Man Booker Prize Winner. My third Penelope Lively novel. Unfortunately, my least favorite, although I can certainly see why this one was the most critically lauded. It is historical fiction, important Works War II insight, an intimate look into what it is like to be in action, behind enemy lines (Tom S's journal entries, mostly dedicated to Claudia, are incredibly well written, poetically describing the loneliness, ridiculousness, craziness, zoning in (effect), and practically black out inducing [...]


    24. After finishing Heat Wave, which I greatly enjoyed, I quickly bought two more Lively books. One of them was Moon Tiger, which won the Booker Prize, making me assume (wrongly) that it would top Heat Wave. I enjoyed this story and the way the narrative is constructed, swaying back and forth in time and shifting among narrators. Especially good was the introduction of the lover's diaries near the end. I was happy to find out what the eponymous Moon Tiger was - a burning spiral used on North African [...]


    25. One thing that can be said of Booker Prize winners that you can never be sure what you will be in for reading one. Moon Tiger I found to have a strange appeal. The premise - the elderly narrator Claudia reaching the end of her life and 'writing' a book on the history of the world sounds intense and difficult. Oddly, despite being appropriately vivid, deep and meaningful, Moon Tiger is an comforting novel. I'm sure there are dozens (if not thousands) of novels out there with the message 'life goe [...]


    26. Moon Tiger is the story of a mercurial woman who as she slowly dies writes a highly personal history of the world. When I first started reading this, I thought it was a magnificent account of emotionally stunted people whose superciliousness is apparently all encompassing. It is the sort of book that only an English author writing at a certain time would even think to write. Where the icy coldness of the story repels you despite the abundant intelligence as I simply struggle to believe such peop [...]


    27. I was very disappointed in this book. It was promoted as a "life-changing book" on NPR's "You must read this," but the only way it changed my life is by preventing me from reading any of the hundreds of other more interesting and meaningful books on my list as I dragged my feet through its 200-odd pages over nearly a month. Yes, the writer-on-her-death-bed protagonist has a few interesting revelations about perspective as she looks back over her life, but most of the book is spent describing her [...]


    28. This story has been done before: older person reflecting back on their life. HOWEVER, Ms. Lively does it in the most effective, interesting, & moving way that I've ever seen. At first I thought the shifting between 1st and 3rd person would be confusing, but she does it seamlessly and it only adds to the character development and plot. Couldn't put it down - made me think of my own life and relationships - and it stayed with me when I wasn't reading it. All good signs of a 5 star novel!


    29. This took me a while to get into probably because I was suffering from a book hangover from The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst. But maybe a quarter of the way through I was hooked. A sad tale of lost love and how even our closest relatives don't know what we're really like. Claudia, the main narrator, and protagonist is difficult to like, but that did make it interesting, and make me question my own responses to the book.


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