Title: Tiger Tiger
Author: Margaux Fragoso
Genre: Non Fiction / Memoir
Publisher: Picador, 2012
Synopsis: A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books
of the Year 2011 Title — Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction
title for 2011A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title One summer day,
Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they
begin to play. She is seven; he is f... more »ifty-one. When Peter invites her and her
mother to his house, the little girl finds a child's paradise of exotic pets and
an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and
overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes
on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll
did for his real-life Alice.
In time, he insidiously takes on the role of
Margaux's playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows
into every aspect of Margaux's life and transforms her from a child fizzing with
imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of
suicide. But when she is twenty-two, it is Peter, ill, and wracked with guilt, who
kills himself, at the age of sixty-six.
Told with lyricism, depth, and
mesmerizing clarity, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the healing power of
memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse
into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to readers, including
parents and survivors of abuse, just how completely a pedophile enchants his
victim and binds her to him.
Review: This is a really tough book to read. It was hard for me to understand in places how no one knew what was happening to the little girl named Margaux. I did find it to be a well-written book, but I didn't like it as much as other people seem to have.
Rating: 8 / 10