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The Tiger, a true story of vengeance and survival

pub­lished 25 Decem­ber 2011 | mod­i­fied 18 Decem­ber 2016

Fin­ished ‘The Tiger, a true story of vengeance and sur­vival’ by John Vail­lant about a week ago. Excel­lent story told by a great and well-​informed sto­ry­teller. It gives great insight infor­ma­tion about the hard­ships in east­ern Rus­sia, where the Amur tiger can still be found. Where peo­ple have to live of what the for­est serves them, because that is what is left over there. After reg­u­lar indus­trial busi­nesses couldn’t cope with after-​perestroika devel­op­ments, and left the ter­ri­tory. It is about killing one tiger to spare oth­ers, one tiger that decided the poach­ers should deliver. Deliver to him. Or was it plain and sim­ple revenge. But in the end the book is about con­ser­va­tion. Con­ser­va­tion of a kind of nature that took me by sur­prise. Nature in a bio-​geographical area that still exists as one of the most bio­di­verse envi­ron­ments of the world. Read the book!, and read about John Vail­lant in The New Yorker.

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