Samantha’s Review of the Voice of the Tiger
This delightful story is told against the backdrop of the lush jungles of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. The authors knowledge of the ways of the aboriginal people is particularly impressive giving a unique insight into their cultural ways.
The main character in the story is Vince, a young soldier from New Zealand who has joined thousands of other young men to fight in the war against communism at the end of the “Emergency” in the early 1960’s.
Vince meets the lovely Audrey, in the Cameron Highlands, but their relationship seems doomed after she falls into a deep coma. Reluctantly he leaves her to continue his duties but promises to return.
Whilst out on patrol Vince becomes separated from his platoon and finds himself lost in the jungle. By chance he saves a young fisherman’s life and, with gratitude, he is welcomed into the secret and fascinating ways of a small aborigine community.
Here he moves into a completely different world unlike anything he has ever known before. Although teetering on the realms of fantasy it somehow works very well. I particularly loved the rather posh tiger.
The story of Vince takes the reader through the world of steaming jungles, the secret lives of the aborigine people and his encounters with various women along the way. But despite these brief affairs he remains true to his love of Audrey.
The story ends in a most satisfying way and leaves the reader with one thought.
Is there more out there than we could ever imagine? Is there life after death, in one form or another?
The possibilities seem endless…
Tiger Image courtesy of photoXpress.com