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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (July 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676976212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676976212
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tiger Claw is a first-rate spy thriller and also first-rate literature. Set in the 1940s in Occupied Paris with haunting similarities to the world today, this is a novel that reminds us that sometimes only fiction can really tell us the truth…. The story of one woman’s courage in the face of racism, betrayal and hypocrisy on one hand and the veils of war on the other. It is also a love story between a Muslim and a Jew told in a language that resonates with mysticism and romance – yet it is brutally honest in its assessment of motives and ambiguities.”
—The Giller Prize Jury

“Baldwin’s luminous prose captures the reader’s attention. . . . [She] immerses the reader in the atmosphere of the Vichy era, replete with undercurrents of terror and prejudice. . . . Readers, especially those interested in history and politics, will be intrigued by this gripping, richly textured novel penned by a consummate storyteller.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Baldwin has succeeded in crafting yet another indelible story based in fact.”
The Edmonton Journal

The Tiger Claw brilliantly reveals the shifting sands of allegiance in times of war and the duplicity required for survival when all who are operating underground are interdependent but no one can be trusted fully.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

The Tiger Claw is a brilliant novel, a harrowing story of espionage and love, of loyalty and betrayal in the treacherous world of WWII Europe. Shauna Singh Baldwin has an astonishing ability to paint a very large canvas with amazing detail. You are there. ‘Impressive’ hardly even begins to describe it: masterful. I could not put it down. A stunning achievement, but most of all, important.”
—Sandra Gulland

“A deeply felt, richly evocative novel that resurrects and reinvents a remarkable life, The Tiger Claw tells an affecting story of love and loss amidst the turbulence of war and human dislocation. It confirms Shauna Singh Baldwin as a major literary voice that transcends the borders that divide human experience.”
—Shashi Tharoor

The Tiger Claw is a fascinating story of moral complexity, inner conflict and exile, a magnificent portrait of a very courageous woman, Noor Inayat Khan, the legendary French Resistance fighter, whose divided conscience is reflected in the drama of Nazi-occupied France and British-occupied India. That Noor strikes us a modern figure of heroism and doubt is because of the compelling vision of Shauna Singh Baldwin.”
—Marie-Claire Blais

Praise for What the Body Remembers:
“A stunning first novel. Intensely atmospheric — an artistic triumph.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An impressive achievement. . .rich, fascinating, epic. . . An original, extremely readable book that dramatizes the plight of Indian women with great sympathy and love.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“A captivating jewel of a novel by a seasoned and sophisticated writer. . . Beyond being a compelling tale of individuals, What the Body Remembers offers a gimlet-eyed view of a pluralistic society’s disintegration into factionalism and anarchy.”
The Washington Post

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The Tiger Claw is a first-rate spy thriller and also first-rate literature. Set in the 1940s in Occupied Paris with haunting similarities to the world today, this is a novel that reminds us that sometimes only fiction can really tell us the truth…. The story of one woman’s courage in the face of racism, betrayal and hypocrisy on one hand and the veils of war on the other. It is also a love story between a Muslim and a Jew told in a language that resonates with mysticism and romance – yet it is brutally honest in its assessment of motives and ambiguities.”
—The Giller Prize Jury

“Baldwin’s luminous prose captures the reader’s attention. . . . [She] immerses the reader in the atmosphere of the Vichy era, replete with undercurrents of terror and prejudice. . . . Readers, especially those interested in history and politics, will be intrigued by this gripping, richly textured novel penned by a consummate storyteller.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Baldwin has succeeded in crafting yet another indelible story based in fact.”
The Edmonton Journal

The Tiger Claw brilliantly reveals the shifting sands of allegiance in times of war and the duplicity required for survival when all who are operating underground are interdependent but no one can be trusted fully.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

The Tiger Claw is a brilliant novel, a harrowing story of espionage and love, of loyalty and betrayal in the treacherous world of WWII Europe. Shauna Singh Baldwin has an astonishing ability to paint a very large canvas with amazing detail. You are there. ‘Impressive’ hardly even begins to describe it: masterful. I could not put it down. A stunning achievement, but most of all, important.”
—Sandra Gulland

“A deeply felt, richly evocative novel that resurrects and reinvents a remarkable life, The Tiger Claw tells an affecting story of love and loss amidst the turbulence of war and human dislocation. It confirms Shauna Singh Baldwin as a major literary voice that transcends the borders that divide human experience.”
—Shashi Tharoor

The Tiger Claw is a fascinating story of moral complexity, inner conflict and exile, a magnificent portrait of a very courageous woman, Noor Inayat Khan, the legendary French Resistance fighter, whose divided conscience is reflected in the drama of Nazi-occupied France and British-occupied India. That Noor strikes us a modern figure of heroism and doubt is because of the compelling vision of Shauna Singh Baldwin.”
—Marie-Claire Blais

Praise for What the Body Remembers:
“A stunning first novel. Intensely atmospheric — an artistic triumph.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An impressive achievement. . .rich, fascinating, epic. . . An original, extremely readable book that dramatizes the plight of Indian women with great sympathy and love.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“A captivating jewel of a novel by a seasoned and sophisticated writer. . . Beyond being a compelling tale of individuals, What the Body Remembers offers a gimlet-eyed view of a pluralistic society’s disintegration into factionalism and anarchy.”
The Washington Post

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Often reading authors unknown to me, I'll go through several books before one this good comes along. It kept me up late for several days. History seamlessly blends with fiction as Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian Muslim woman who grew up in France, finds herself back in German-occupied France, spying for Britain. If that's not complicated enough, she's in love with Armand, a Jewish native of France who's been imprisoned by the Nazis. As Noor precariously sends her radio messages to London and meets a network of other British agents, she desparately tries to get closer to Armand. The book offers page after page of breath-holding tension as the Nazi tentacles slowly close around the British network - is there a traitor feeding their names to the Gestapo? Apart from the excitement, other themes emerge. Noor reflects upon the relationship between occupiers and the occupied, as between the British and her parent's India. The characters are richly developed and on many occasions the reader shares their pain - and their hope- deeply. On one level the book is a very entertaining thriller; on another it is extremely insightful, posing very profound questions about human and societal relationships. Despite the at times gut-wrenching pathos, this books is a fabulous and very satisfying read and I highly recommend it to lovers of history, thrillers, espionage and fiction in general.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 22 2008
Format: Hardcover
Noor Khan parented by a teacher of mystical Sufism falls in love with Armand Rivkin a Jewish pianist but is forbidden to see him in the name of religion and propriety. When the Germans invade France in 1940, Noor and her family are forced to flee to England for their safety. Once there, due to Noors background she is recruited by the special intelligence agency and is sent to France to contribute to the underground resistance movement. With this mission she hopes to reunite with her true love'..

This is the story of Noor Khan code name Madeleine who worked against the Nazi regime during the Occupation of France. It is a war story, a quest for love, a tale of espionage and resistance. The main character is Noor a woman of mixed parentage that had no roots in England, was not readily accepted in France or India and due to her language skills made her the perfect spy material. I find this novel excellent, the prose capture the essence of the time and immerses you immediately in the atmosphere of the Vichy era complete with its terror and prejudice. Ms Balwin tells a highly riveting and entertaining story, I thoroughly enjoy it.
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Best book I've ever read. Honestly its a great read. Although it does contradict everything about my faith, it's so painfully accurate to how normal people would react to their situations. It's incredible and I recommend it for anyone to read. Whether you're in to history or not.
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HASH(0xa700f8d0) out of 5 stars Profound WWII Thriller - A Real Page Turner Jan. 29 2005
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Format: Hardcover
Often reading authors unknown to me, I'll go through several books before one this good comes along. It kept me up late for several days. History seamlessly blends with fiction as Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian Muslim woman who grew up in France, finds herself back in German-occupied France, spying for Britain. If that's not complicated enough, she's in love with Armand, a Jewish native of France who's been imprisoned by the Nazis. As Noor precariously sends her radio messages to London and meets a network of other British agents, she desparately tries to get closer to Armand. The book offers page after page of breath-holding tension as the Nazi tentacles slowly close around the British network - is there a traitor feeding their names to the Gestapo? Apart from the excitement, other themes emerge. Noor reflects upon the relationship between occupiers and the occupied, as between the British and her parent's India. The characters are richly developed and on many occasions the reader shares their pain - and their hope- deeply. On one level the book is a very entertaining thriller; on another it is extremely insightful, posing very profound questions about human and societal relationships. Despite the at times gut-wrenching pathos, this books is a fabulous and very satisfying read and I highly recommend it to lovers of history, thrillers, espionage and fiction in general.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa700fba0) out of 5 stars WW2 from a different POV May 16 2006
By LlanosD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel brings up so many new aspects of the WW2 experience. The perspective of Indians and ethnic Brits, the issue of interracial relationships during the war, the political implications of the use and sacrifice of agents. I felt that Baldwin's descriptions made me feel I was right there on the scene. The structure of the book kept my emotions at high pitch. Not an easy novel to read, I had to at times, put it down for several days to get away from the incidents described. The scenes of Noor in jail were heart breaking. And I'm so pleased that the author resisted the Hollywood ending to the story. I read this book a year ago and it's still with me. Fabulous read.
HASH(0xa700ffd8) out of 5 stars I did not like it at all Nov. 24 2014
By Raquel Alperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not like it at all, very boring to many details to tell the story it makes you loose the secuence of the story .
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HASH(0xa700ffc0) out of 5 stars Second Favorite Baldwin Novel Dec 16 2008
By P. Kapur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you like this book, you'll LOVE Baldwin's earlier novel, "What the Body Remembers".

The Tiger Claw has the author's characteristic emotional sensitivity and poise, and is a very satisfying read. If it were the first Baldwin novel I was reading, I would probably give it more than 3 stars. However, her earlier work - What the Body Remembers is just SO much better, that I couldn't help feeling somewhat disappointed with this book.

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