The Hunter

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Four Walls, Eight Windows, 1999 - Fiction - 170 pages
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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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User Review  - dchaikin - LibraryThing

26. The Hunter by Julia Leigh (1999, 170 pages, Read Apr 28 – May 3, Paperback) I picked this up partially because I didn't know anything about it and I kind of needed a book like that, partially ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Australian Leigh's capable, disquieting debut is an homage of sorts to Moby Dick as an accomplished killer coolly stalks his prey—a Tasmanian tiger that's the last of its breed—but is rattled when ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Leigh was named by the Sydney Morning Herald co-winner of the Best Young Australian Novelist Award. She is 30 years old.

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