Solving the Mystery

As the story progresses, John Vaillant attempts to solve the mystery surrounding why the Amur tiger went rogue, while Yuri Trush attempts to locate the tiger. To solve the mystery behind the tiger’s rogue nature, John Vaillant delves into the beast’s world, painting an intimate picture of its inner life. To solve the mystery, John Vaillant takes the tiger’s point of view and slowly builds a complex picture of the animal. After successfully hunting down Markov by staking out his house and enjoying the comfort of Markov’s mattress, the Amur tiger anticipates the next victim on his new-found mattress. John Vaillant imagines the tigers thinking, building on his success with mattresses and house stakeouts, integrating the two in a manner that also warmed him.

In the remaining part of the book, the region’s tiger preservation agency’s head, Yuri Trush, is now tasked with hunting down the Tiger and killing it. Yuri draws on local folklore and his professional experience when hunting down the Tiger. At the book’s climax, Trush finds and kills the Amur tiger putting his own life at risk in the process. It still remains unclear whether it was an instance of extraordinary sangfroid or a symptom of shock, but the first impulse Trush after standing and examining himself was getting it on film.

Overall, The Tiger is a fantastic read. It is an exploration of man’s relationship with nature, and charting the terrible ecological degradation that results from human activity. John Vaillant’s book draws from animal narratives like Jaws and Moby Dick, creating a compelling picture of a powerful and charismatic animal. John Vaillant recreates exciting events. He portrays an unforgettable picture of a mysterious and beautiful land. We encounter the natives who have worshipped and lived with tigers for centuries, sometimes sharing their kills. We witness the Russian settlers arrive in the 19th and early 20th centuries, hunters and soldiers who greatly reduced the tiger populations. We also get to witness their descendants who are destroyed by poverty, turn to poaching and consequently upset the region’s natural balance. The tenuous ancient relationship between predator and man is at the centre of this remarkable non-fiction work. Throughout the story, there are numerous theories about how tigers and humans have evolved to coexist, how humans may have developed as scavengers and not hunters, as well as how homo sapiens may have fit easily into the ecosystem of the Tiger. We come to learn about the Siberian tiger, which is a highly intelligent creature that weighs over 600 pounds, can range over vast territories of mountains and forests on a daily basis, and can grow up to 10 feet long. The Tiger is deeply informative and well written. It circles around three main characters: The Tiger, Vladimir Markov–a hunter killed by the tiger, and Yuri Trush, the head tracker. This masterpiece is a story about nature and man that inexorably leads to a final showdown in the Taiga. If you enjoyed reading Moby Dick or Jaws, you would definitely find The Tiger quite worthwhile.