The Tiger in the Well
Sally, now 25, is comfortably settled with her child, Harriet, her work, and her London friends. But when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet's father, Sally's whole world comes crashing down around her. With nowhere to turn, she escapes with Harriet into the slums of... show more
Sally, now 25, is comfortably settled with her child, Harriet, her work, and her London friends. But when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet's father, Sally's whole world comes crashing down around her. With nowhere to turn, she escapes with Harriet into the slums of London's East End--and finds help in some unexpected quarters."Pullman is fast becoming a modern-day Dickens for young adults. The setting is the same, the strong eye for characters is there, as are the brooding atmosphere, the social conscience, and the ability to spin plot within plot. Sally Lockhart is now a young woman, left alone with a toddler. Nothing prepares her for the shock of receiving a summons from a man she has never even heard of, suing for divorce and the custody of her beloved Harriet. Sally struggles against the net closing around her, seeking to find out who is persecuting her and why. The writing style is lively and direct, and there's lots of action. This is a suspense novel with a conscience, and a most enjoyable one."--School Library Journal.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 18th 1992
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Sally Lockhart (#3)
I read it hoping for some redemption after the debacle which was Book the Second. I think I felt so betrayed by Pullman that I couldn't fairly assess this book on its own merits. I'm still mad at him.
I would say it was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I remain steadfast in my opinion that the first four Dark Tower books are excellent, and then it all went downhill. This was a nice addition, but it didn't really grab me (still, it was much better than the last three DT books). The book is ...
My book for work. Of course I like these because of the feminism, but more importantly, because the characters are aware of how exceptional they are, and how lucky. There's no smug superiority in Sally about her freedom, no condescension to other women. Instead there's an awareness of what it cos...
Enjoyed this series very much the first time I read it, still enjoying it a whole lot on re read. I like Sally, and I also really like the way this series tips its hat to its Victorian antecedents in interesting sorts of ways.