The Tiger in the Well

The Tiger in the Well Sally is and somebody wants to destroy her She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met let alone married yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise When c

  • Title: The Tiger in the Well
  • Author: Philip Pullman
  • ISBN: 9780439955256
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise When custody of her daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight.

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    1. The publisher's blurb on the back of my edition of TTITW reads "THE PLOT GRIPS LIKE A DROWNING MAN AND DRAGS THE READER DEEP INTO THE SEWERS OF VICTORIAN VILLAINY." Yes. That is exactly what the plot is like/does. I would add only: "IT'S REALLY FUN TO READ AHH!" Pullman always hero-worships his protagonists a bit, but he writes such compelling ones it's impossible to blame him. Take Sally Lockhart, our heroine: She pulls off unwed motherhood in Victorian London like it ain't no thang. She runs h [...]

    2. Pre-reviewThis looks terrifying, but I still gotta read it.ReviewIt was terrifying. But it was also very good, like the rest of this series, and basically everything Phillip Pullman writes is fabulous. I was so scared at many points and empathised so much with Sally. I can't imagine how awful it would be, to have some hidden enemy know everything about you and always be one step ahead of you. I did guess the villain, mostly because of (view spoiler)[his mention at the very beginning and the opiu [...]

    3. Meeehhhhh, Sally's second book was good, and this onewas not. Okay, I was still digging the setting of Victorian London. Sally, I was just at the Assyrian exhibit at the British Museum! I walked along Fleet Street. I can totally picture every single place we were hanging out. But omigosh, I cannot tell you how frustrating every other part of this book was. One, Sally is back to annoying me. Two, everybody that I liked, like Jim, is not in the book (until the end, when he, of course, saves the da [...]

    4. The third book in the series of the Sally Lockhart Quartet is the longest and also by far the most interesting. Sally now has a two year old daughter named Harriet, whose father was the late Frederick Garland. Her financial business is successful and she live in a house in Richmond with old friends, Jim and Webster Garland, who are away in South America on a photographic assignment. But Sally's idyllic and unconventional middle-class life is shattered when she receives legal papers from a Mr Par [...]

    5. Antes que nada, debo admitir que con esta saga hice todo mal. Sabía de su existencia desde hacía años, pero no tenía mucha idea, tan solo me llamaban la atención. Un verano, compré uno en oferta. Con mi suerte de siempre, resultó ser el cuarto (La princesa de hojalata). Con mi suerte de siempre, resultó ser el único que no trata de Sally, sino de otros personajes secundarios. Lo disfruté mucho. Este año, encontré otro, también en oferta. Con mi suerte de siempre, resultó ser el ter [...]

    6. This is the best out of all of them! Very very good!! It's totally a "on the edge of your seat" and "wanting to kill the villian" book. I loved it!I always knew that Ah Ling was behind the whole thing. I mean who else from Sally's past that would want revenge? Everyone else died so it could only be him. The only thing that I didn't perdicted was that Mr. Lee was Ah Ling. That was a surprize. Okay, it wasn't that much of one. Once Sally started to learn more about Mr. Lee, I knew that he was Ah L [...]

    7. Sally Lockhart is a rare woman in Victorian England. She’s a single mother, competent, independent, and a successful and prosperous business owner. She has never been married, so when she is served with divorce papers, she cannot understand how such a mistake could be made. It soon becomes clear it is not a mistake. The details about her in the document are correct -- all except one. She has never met the man claiming to be her husband, the man who wants to take custody of her daughter.I would [...]

    8. The third installment of the Sally Lockhart mysteries series is even more complex than the other two entries. It is also, unfortunately, a little too obvious, as I figured out the identity of the mysterious villain way before Sally did. And if I figured it out, everyone figured it out.No matter, though, because Pullman still spins a decent yarn. It's about 2 years since we last saw Sally, and she is now raising Harriet, the daughter she conceived with Frederick right before he died. All seems to [...]

    9. A great read. I would have given it five stars, but unfortunately Pullman wavers a bit towards the end of the book and overstates the socialism message in two of the last scenes. The socialism subplot is otherwise masterfully handled and lends intellectual depth to this mystery; it's a shame Pullman had to doubt his own powers of writing and slam us over the head with the socialism message in those two scenes.But other than that misstep, a terrific book - riveting, multilayered, and one of those [...]

    10. I love Sally Lockheart and blew through all these books when I was younger but Tiger in the Well is a bit different than the first two. It was Ok but not fantastic. The plot and mystery and Pullman contributing his own political ideas into the series keeps this one likable and interesting but it just feels like it's missing some of the charisma of the first two books possibly because it takes place so long after them.If you already read and like the Sally Lockheart books then this one is along t [...]

    11. This is the 3rd in the series that I've read. I liked the first two quite a bit, but I found this one very hard to get through. I think it's because the story is short on charm and long on political viewpoint. That's not what I was looking for in a YA novel. I also found some of the aspects of the bad guys pretty nauseating. I forced myself to finish it because I knew that once I put it down I'd never pick it up again. Too bad - Pullman had a good series going.

    12. Londres victoriano, un montón de mujeres y socialismo a espuertas. Win-win-win en una novela que se supone que es young adult.

    13. I think this is my favorite in the Sally Lockhart series so far, I can't say enough about how wonderful Anton Lesser is as the reader. He's amazing and his voices add so much to the story as a whole that once I started with the first audio book 'The Ruby in the Smoke' I no longer considered reading the books, it just wouldn't be the same. So frugal as I am and consummate library patron that I am, I had to buy the audio book of 'The Tiger in the Well' because none of the libraries in my area (or [...]

    14. finally, i finish the trilogy of sally lockhart! our precocious girl heroine is a woman now, with a daughter, a flourishing business, a happy household, and a whole new tangled mess of problems. for me, this was the book where sally became a whole person. she has actual inadequacies! shortcomings! someone doesn't show up to save her at the last minute in improbable ways every time she's in trouble. she's a real adult, and this means that sometimes terrible things happen, there's no resolution, a [...]

    15. Sally Lockhart is one of my role models. In this book she once again shows that strength of hers, her courage and her wit, but also her more vulnerable side. It's Sally driven into a corner, and my it's wonderful to see her try to fight her way out.The Sally Lockhart series ranks highly on my favourite series list. Mr. Pullman is a master writer, and a genius when it comes to storylines: this book especially was so full of suspense that I just wanted to keep reading. Putting this book down was a [...]

    16. WOW. Another simply amazing book by Philip Pullman! As the third installment of the Sally Lockhart mysteries, it really takes the adventure to a new level. Each story branches out more and more into the world of the late 1800s: this one focused on the pogroms where the Jews were fleeing from Russia, as well as the emerging socialist groups in England. We not only follow Sally, but also many other POV characters, which makes the story very interesting. The writing is superb: some review said Phil [...]

    17. "Tiger in the Well" has been perhaps my favorite book thus far of the Sally Lockhart series. One of the best aspects of this series is that Sally continues to grow and change. In fact, the majority of characters, even minor ones, get a chance to develop as the story progresses. An interesting aspect of this book is Sally's reaction to the spreading of socialist ideas in England. This is where Pullman's politics start to come into play. His personal politics have a strong, identifiable influence [...]

    18. There was a lot to like about this book, the set up was great, there was a lot of tension in the early stages, and the characters are all compelling. However, I felt it was rather overwritten, being far too long to maintain the urgency of the plot, and the villain was so obvious it was painful waiting for the protagonist, generally a very astute character, to catch up with the reader. Overall I felt the book really lacked subtlety - the deus ex machina was so frequently foreshadowed it might as [...]

    19. This is the longest and most intricate of the books. There are several things going on: Sally's persecution by a mysterious man, persecution of Jews emigrating from Russia and other eastern European countries into England, and the struggle of Socialists in Victorian England. These three books create a path of knowledge for Sally Lockhart. In the first, she is forced to fight for herself. In the second, she learns independence (both economic and personal.) She also becomes aware that evil is not [...]

    20. A magnificent woman! That is how one character describes Sally Lockhart. And she is. She is far ahead of the pack of Victorian lasses with their smelling salts and corsets. Pullman makes her entirely believable. The same cannot be said for her baby girl Harriet. If only Pullman had made her just one year older, then I'd have gone along with her wonderfully willful and curiously adaptable character. Even a 'young adult reader' with any babysitting experience will recognize that 2-yr.-olds don't r [...]

    21. Absolutely fantastic and wonderful to behold, and I'm not even kidding this book is wonderful. Especially for those strong ladies out their, independent and fighters yup, this book is for all of you because damn, it'll give you hope.Okay, so it's not an epic work of fantasy like "His Dark Materials" but this series in its own right, is brilliant, full of action and emotion and I can't deny the love I know I feel for it and for Sally and her fight throughout.However, all my other thoughts and ram [...]

    22. I'm still gobsmacked at the idea that this is a YA series. The themes explored in these novels - the opium trade, human trafficking, exploitation of immigrants, socialism, early feminism - don't seem like anything my kids would have read in their teen years! And my kids were pretty bright kids. That said, this is an amazing series I wish I could point it out to all the Steampunk folks - "Look, this is real Victorian era grittiness!" This volume, "The Tiger in the Well", was a compelling, and in [...]

    23. SO much better than I remember it being, and small wonder: these plots are intricate, these motivations are adult. I was a very precocious reader, but these emotions were beyond me on my first encounter with The Tiger in the Well and as a result the book frustrated me. No longer!

    24. I read it hoping for some redemption after the debacle which was Book the Second. I think I felt so betrayed by Pullman that I couldn't fairly assess this book on its own merits. I'm still mad at him.

    25. what a great ending to the trilogy. socialism, social justice, passionate love and sewage. what more could i want?

    26. so far, so awesome. can't wait to finish!update - was right. it was awesome. a feminist protagonist, socialism, human trafficking, all set in the 19th century.

    27. I didn't realize until I was about five pages in that I had somehow ordered this book from the library before the second book in the series, but I was so hooked already that I didn't want to put it aside and wait. In fact, it didn't impede me too much - probably because forces from the first book, Ruby in the Smoke, come into play again in Tiger in the Well. That said, I am definitely going to go back and read Shadow in the North, so I would advise reading them in order! TitW was so well plotted [...]

    28. I'm afraid I didn't like this one as much as the first two books. I'm short on patience for plots that require people to be incredibly stupid, and this one had that in spades. First Sally has to be incredibly stupid, entirely against her characterization to date - I simply don't believe she wouldn't have grasped the full implications of the situation she found herself in. (After spending so long refusing Fred's love because of her worries about holding on to her own property, for instance, she s [...]

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