The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.When 11-year-old Ren's master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.Ji Lin always wanted to be...

Details The Night Tiger

TitleThe Night Tiger
Release DateFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Magical Realism

Reviews The Night Tiger

  • Emily May
    Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits: a looking-glass world governed by unsettling rules. 3 stars. I may need to think some more about this one. I'm giving it a tentative 3, rounded up to 4 because I absolutely loved that this historical mystery was steeped in Chinese and Malaysian mythology and superstition. For the most part, this was such a gorgeous and evocative read. The Night Tiger is set in 1930s Malaya ...
  • Debra
    The Night Tiger has a little bit of something for everyone! Fans of this Author's debut book, The Ghost Bride will love this sweeping tale set in Malaya (Malaysia) in the 1930's. There is a lot going on in this book that I am only going to give a brief synopsis of the main characters.Ren is an 11-year-old boy on a mission to locate his former masters missing finger so that he can bury it with his body. He has 49 days to do so for his master to be...
  • Paromjit
    Yangsze Choo writes an enthralling and exhilarating piece of well researched historical fiction set in the British colony of Malaya (Malaysia) of the 1930s. The fraught and upset British doctor is dying and worried about what will happen to his soul upon death. He had been gifted a 11 year old Chinese house boy, Ren, by a friend. Ren is a kind, loyal and compassionate boy and when his dying master on his deathbed asks that he finds his severed fi...
  • Elyse Walters
    “Time is running out: there are only 20 days left before Dr. Mac Farlane’s forty-nine days of the soul are over. If by then he can’t find the finger, he’ll have failed. How will his old master rest? Ren remembers Dr. MacFarlane’s last days, shivering fevers. And then the dreams, the waking nightmares in which the old man would cry for mercy, or crawl slavering on all fours. If Auntie Kwan had still been with them, she would have taken c...
  • Kylie D
    An intriguing book, set in 1930s Malaya, following the lives over a few weeks of dance hall girl Ji Lin and house boy Ren. An intricately woven tale, full of magical realism, Ji Lin and Ren come together over an amputated finger, of all things. It is a beautifully told story, the characters come to life on the page, through their interactions and their dreams. And in the background is always the threat of a man-eating tiger roaming the district, ...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Malaysian folklore, history, mystery, magical realism, things I enjoy in a book, and there were many parts of this book I enjoyed immensely. I enjoyed the characters, Ren, a young boy, former assistant to a master who has died. He is missing a finger, and Ren has 49 days to find it and return it to his master's grave. Without it his master's spirit will wander for eternity. Ji Lin is a young woman who is working in a dance hall for extra mone...
  • Jennifer
    The Night Tiger offers a stunning look at culture, history, and Chinese superstition. Told in two alternating perspectives, and set in 1931 Malaya (Malaysia), this is a story of loyalty and loneliness, death and distressed souls, and man-eating weretigers. Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Ren, a young houseboy, is an orphan and has also suffered the loss of his twin. Alone and with complete loyalty to his dying master...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestTHE NIGHT TIGER was an OK read. There were some things about this book that I really enjoyed, and other things I didn't. The book is set in 1930s Malaya (Malaysia), when it was still under British rule. There are two main characters: Ren, an 11-year-old houseboy to British doctor William Acton, and Ji Lin, a dressmaker moonlighting as a dance hall girl. Their stories end up interconnecting du...
  • Nadia
    Filled with superstition, ghosts and the afterlife, the Night Tiger explores colonial Malaysia in 1930s. Five people are brought together through a connection of the five Confucian virtues, while mysterious events with no rational explanation start to happen around them.Yangsze Choo has created a whimsical imaginary world of ghosts and spirits that was unlike anything I have read before. I was not sure whether I liked the book at first, but it p...
  • Meike
    "The Night Tiger" is light fiction with a YA feel that uses Malaysia in the 1930s as a backdrop - I was expecting to learn more about the country and its history, but I was mistaken: This book is obviously intended to be an entertaining mystery mixed with a love story, and it was way too cutesy for me (also, I'm a book snob :-)). The novel operates with two converging storylines, one of them focusing on 11-yea-old Ren who is on a quest to find hi...
  • Emer
    *note*There will be an online buddy read of this book using the hashtag #NightTigerTogether Reading begins on 18th February with ten chapters a week being discussed on Twitter and Instagram on Monday evenings (@Quercusbooks).The Night Tiger is a beautifully written historical fiction set in the 1930s that is rich in cultural detail about British ruled Malaya (modern day Malaysia) with heavy overtones of magical realism and mythology. It follows t...
  • Michelle
    Initial thoughts:When I won this book through Goodreads giveaways I thought it was going to be so much more. I was excited about its premise: a historical fiction set in 1930's Malaysia with elements of Chinese folklore and magical realism. The mystery aspect of this book and the tie in concept of the Confucian virtues personified were my favorite parts of the book. I really appreciated the intuition shown by the characters Ren and Ji Lin and kep...
  • Fran
    In 1930's Malaya (Malaysia), an orphaned Chinese eleven year old, Ren, was houseboy to Dr. MacFarlane. A deathbed promise was made to the doctor. Ren had 49 days to find the severed finger of his dead master and reunite and bury it with his body or MacFarlane's soul will roam the earth for eternity.Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dance hall instructor at the May Flower Dance Hall where men can purchase tickets and choose a dance...
  • Kate
    4/5starsThis was just as fucking weird as I was hoping it would be! A story about ghosts, ghost tigers, amputated fingers, dancers, ancient traditions and mysterious deaths - this was SUCH an interesting story that kept me wanting to read from the moment I picked it up! Knocked off one star for the ending feeling not 100% satisfactory (it feels like its setting up for a sequel but I'm pretty sure this is a standalone??) and the middle getting a L...
  • Ace
    That was not what I was expecting... review to come.
    When culture meets history and Chinese illusions, it shapes a perfect story which we rate it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟, The Night Tiger is our Book Of The January and we're loving the fabulous writings from Yangsze!The imagination within the book goes beyond creativity, .It really has such an interesting and intriguing plot, the structure of the book is very fascinating and unique and I can see this book in a very Big Major Picture, the characters are...
  • Jennifer Parr
    This was so beautifully written and so magical that I didn’t want to put it down. The settings were so lush and visceral and the characters were fantastically fleshed out.
  • Leslie
    The Night Tiger is a book I would classify as "insidiously engrossing". The book captures you slowly and sneakily (hence the previous description used) with Yangsze Choo's writing, pacing and intriguing blend of historical fiction, magic, culture, superstition, love story and mystery. This book was such a great read because it was multilayered. It wasn't just a historical fiction story. It wasn't just about a boy trying to return a finger to his ...
  • James Cham
    A terrific read. I read The Ghost Bride and thought this was even better. It well-paced and the mix of the two main characters--a frustrated dance hall girl and a naive young Chinese servant boy--made for a rich experience. I especially liked the portrayal of 1930’s Malaysia, with all of its romance and mix of English and Asian culture. I hope that she writes another book!
  • Tripfiction
    Novel set in 1930s MALAYAWilliam Acton, a slightly-less-than-respectable British doctor, receives the surprise present of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy, Ren. Ren has been sent by an old, recently deceased, friend of Acton’s who in a letter begs the younger doctor to take the boy in. But Ren has also been given a mission from his former master, Doctor MacFarlane – to find the man’s finger which was lost years ago in an accident and to ...
  • Rae
    Check out this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.comThe Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is a story about a severed finger, ancient Chinese folklore, and superstition. The severed finger brings together two young teenagers, Ji Lin and Ren, and provides them with mystery and intrigue as their stories intersect.I went into this audiobook with few expectations. The idea that the whole plot centered around a severed finger intrigue...
  • Isabel
    This book is a gem! I started reading it on a long flight between California and Singapore and finished it in one sitting. Beautifully written, it blends mystery, romance, rich historical detail and the supernatural all together. I literally could not put this book down. It's even better than her first book (the ghost bride), the pacing is faster, the plot was all-absorbing, the characters were intriguing and the descriptive details made for a th...
  • Sue
    This was a beautifully written mystery weaving together themes of masters and servants, twins, and men who may or may not turn into tigers. A fun and sometimes complicated plot leads up to a very exciting and surprising ending. It left me guessing the whole way, with well-developed characters and multiple mysteries to solve.
  • Ana
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  • Amy Sturgis
    I absolutely loved The Night Tiger. In fact, before I even finished reading it, I bought Yangsze Choo's other novel, so I would have it on hand to devour as soon as possible. In short, if you are looking to be intellectually and emotionally transported, this novel is for you. It took hold of my imagination and wouldn't let go.The Night Tiger is a richly atmospheric book steeped in its time (1930s) and place (Malaysia). Three-dimensional, compelli...
  • Stephanie
    Similarly to The Ghost Bride, Choo's latest work intertwines folklore, myth, and magic with the everyday trials of grief, feeling like one's fate is out of one's hands, and examining the gender inequality so present in society. Taking place in a different Malaya (Malayasian) location, mostly in Ipoh and Batu Gajah, during the early 1930's, the setting is a beautifully bittersweet rendering of a country that sees the blend of so many rich cultures...
  • Brooke
    “The Night Tiger”, is a multilayered story, about a girl, Ji Lin, who dreams of one day being a doctor, but in 1930 Malaysia that is unheard of, so instead she works as a dressmaker and secretly as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s debts. Ren, an eleven year old houseboy, whose master is very sick and dying, tells Ren to find his severed finger, which he lost in an accident several years ago and to bury it with his body or he wo...