The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman

The Tiger in the WellWhen I read the summary for this, it seemed very psychological and intense. I’ve grown quite attached to Sally Lockhart and the other characters. Sometimes I think Pullman is as good as Dickens when making up Victorian characters. The actions in this novel were very horrible to read about because the idea of having one’s child taken away from you especially in a patriarchal, puritanical society such as Victorian England is extremely cruel. I can’t imagine being in Sally’s situation, and while it is sensationalist and fictional, the historical accuracy in these books is more or less correct. I really wanted to get to the end so it could be all resolved and see how it all was connected. The only one grievance I have was that I knew who the enemy was when reading the summary, but it took Sally 3/4 of the book to figure it out which I don’t blame her since I’ve read many more books, movies and television shows. Once again, another good thriller from Pullman, and probably the most tense so far. Though, I’ve noticed he tends to like to use the chilling and malicious monkeys.

3 thoughts on “The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman

  • Athena (Post author)

    Kelly, go and get started on The Golden Compass, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. It is what Pullman is famous for, and it’s one of the best fantasy series of recent years. The movie for it is actually coming out this December.

  • Nymeth

    You know, I will very probably end up buying the Sally Lockhart books soon because of you.

    I hadn’t realized the movie was coming so soon. I need to re-read the series before then. I’m both excited and apprehensive about the story will work as a movie.


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