The Hunter: Book summary and reviews of The Hunter by Julia Leigh

The Hunter

by Julia Leigh

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In the vast wilderness of Tasmania's plateau, the Tasmanian tiger - the thylacine - long thought extinct, has been spotted, sparking the imagination of the locals and drawing the dubious interests of outsiders. One of the latter is M, whose objective is to find the creature for a multinational biotech company. In The Hunter, author Julia Leigh tracks M's fateful course, from his base camp with a young family whose ranks were decimated by the wilderness, to the forests where M immerses himself in the tiger's world - reading footprints in the mud, covering his scent with animal dung. What begins as a business proposition takes on mythic aspects as M's quest becomes ever more obsessive, a search not for ultimate profit but for the essence of life that technology has all but crushed.

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"Fans of Peter Matthiessen will find Leigh darker and sometimes less ambitious, but effective in similar ways, as M's obsession with the hunt drives this moody work by a gifted new author to its chilling conclusion." - Publishers Weekly.

"A very focused and absorbing debut novel." - Booklist.

"Has a predatory air about it .. a difficult, often mesmerizing piece of writing that, once it gets going, doesn't stop until it hits its target." - Los Angeles Times.

"[An] accomplished novel....feels, around the edges, like an exploration of an archaic manhood that may itself be teetering on extinction's brink." - The New York Times.

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Julia Leigh Author Biography

Julia Leigh is the author of internationally acclaimed novels, The Hunter (1999) and Disquiet (2008). Her film "Sleeping Beauty" was selected for Competition at the Festival de Cannes 2011.

Her most recent work is Avalanche, an autobiography. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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