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The Hunter (Paperback, Main): Julia Leigh
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Julia Leigh

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For years after its 'official' extinction in the 1930s, reports of the Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine, were made, and Leigh's debut novel tells of a recent hunt for the elusive tiger on Tasmania. Leigh is tactful but pointed about Tasmania's human inhabitants, who are cautious creatures fiercely protective of their frontier lifestyles. The clammy climate and the suffocating nature of the surrounding countryside are well observed, as are the zoological references. Leigh's unsavoury hunter is not a conservationist, though, he's a professional on a spurious mission who has identified the Thylacine as a source of genetical fortune. He is a loner, a man whose objective is to harmonize with each environment he stalks, to blend perfectly with nature so that he is assured success as a superior predator. To do this he covers himself with Wallaby excrement, crawls on all fours and stoically enlivens his senses. While on his mission, the hunter lodges with a grief-ridden family of outcasts whose father has mysteriously vanished after sighting the Thylacine. The hunter succumbs more than he'd like to the family's scant charms and when tragedy strikes has to further purge his psyche to focus upon his elusive quarry. There is something tantalizing at large here as well as the mythical beast in this soul-stalking story about a group of doomed creatures whose unfortunate extinction is never really in doubt. Reviewed by Chris Packham, naturalist and broadcaster, who is the author of Wild Shots. (Kirkus UK)
The hunter arrives in an isolated community in the Tasmanian wilderness with a single purpose in mind: to find the last thylacine, the tiger of fable, fear and legend. The man is in the employ of the mysterious 'Company', but his sinister purpose is never revealed and as his relationship with a grieving mother and her two children becomes more ambiguous, the hunt becomes his own. Leigh's Tasmania is a place where the wilderness can still claim lives; where the connection between people and the land is at best uneasy and cannot be trusted. In prose of exceptional clarity and elegance, Julia Leigh creates an unforgettable picture of a man obsessed by an almost mythical animal in a damp dangerous landscape. The Hunter is the work of a compelling storyteller and a truly remarkable literary stylist.


Imprint: Faber and Faber
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2001
Authors: Julia Leigh
Dimensions: 200 x 128 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 192
Edition: Main
ISBN-13: 978-0-571-20019-1
Barcode: 9780571200191
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-571-20019-2

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