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Tigana

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Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

©2009 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2009 Penguin

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  • Hope
  • 22/04/2012

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I forget how I came upon this excellent author, but once I had downloaded it–read by the lyrical Simon Vance, who could, as they say, read a phone book and move you to tears –I could not put it down. Extremely engaging, extremely witty and also–extremely troubling. Violence, grotesque and nightmarish violence, is always at your elbow in this book–and in subsequent books of the author that I have encountered. There is also a certain amount of explicit sex. Not for the fainthearted, nor for the squeamish–which would usually include me, but somehow, didn’t, this time.

The story takes place in a fictional world, which however has a solid believable presence, and a tenuous relationship with medieval Italy. But so what, you say–many fantasy books are based on medieval history, many books blend fantasy with believable real world details. What this book has is all that–but also, elegant language and exceptional plotting. This is a skillful work of art, filled with gorgeous images and a certain zest for life, for singing, for drinking with friends. And even, something of a happy ending, a thing of which I am inordinately fond.

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  • Robert
  • 31/10/2012

Says a lot about who we are.

I believe the best way to describe what was for me the essence of Tigana is to quote a passage from the afterward of the book by the author Guy Gavriel Kay:

“... there's a play called 'Translations', by Brian Friel. It is basically an extended, passionate debate between a village priest in Ireland and the leader of an English survey team that has been traversing the countryside, mapping it carefully and - more importantly - changing the names of places, from Gaelic to English. Both men are aware of what is at stake: when you want to subjugate a people - to erase their sense of themselves as separate and distinctive - one place to start (and it is sometimes enough) is with their language and names. Names link to history, and we need a sense of our history to define ourselves. When Maoist China decreed that history began with their own Long March and introduced an education system to back that up, thereby eradicating thousands of years of the past (or trying to), they knew exactly what they were doing.

It is hardly an accident that separatist movements so often involve attempts to reclaim a lost language. In Provence highway signs give place names in both French and the almost-lost Provençal tongue. The independence movement in Wales has incorporated attempts to reclaim their language as one of public discourse (a reaction to the English refusal to allow it to be used in schools or even schoolyards once upon a not-so-long-ago time). In Quebec, the often bitter struggle between Separatists and those who wish to remain a province of Canada finds a battleground in language all the time. Tigana was an attempt to use magic to explore these themes: erasing a people from the record of history by stripping them of their name.”

This is what Tigana was mostly about. I did not at first make the connection between the author’s work and the land of “The Troubles.” I knew the Maoist adulteration of history but never understood the Quebec struggle over language. After Tigana, I think that I have a better feel for all those times and places.

It seems this year I have read more than a few books on the subject of memory. This was not by design; it just sort of happened. The books were all quite different and on various aspects of memory. If not the best, Tigana was at least the one I enjoyed the most. In a number of others, it is made quite clear academically that memory defines, maybe for the most part, who we are. However, in none of these others is that more beautifully illustrated than in Tigana.

The book was narrated by Simon Vance. What more can I say.

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  • David
  • 01/09/2009

As painful and glorious as life

Kay creates worlds and characters which are true. We recognize in his characters the familiar ambiguity of our own virtues and shortcomings, the complexity which marks us as human. And the world of "The Hand" in which Tigana transpires makes consistent sense in every way: politically, culturally, and in its system of magic. It is also beautifully evoked in Kay's superb prose style.
Some reviewers have complained about the predominance of interior monologue at the expense of action. In general I prefer it when an author moves a story along through event rather than introspection, but I found the lives of these characters so convincing and conflicted that I seldom minded hearing about them. I do think Kay could trim his word count some, but he writes so effectively, that I could not mind much.
And the action is so powerful and imaginative, shocking and glorious at the crucial moments, that it richly rewards the wait. Wonderful writing.

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  • Lore
  • 13/07/2012

A fine song that ends with a crescendo.

Guy Gavriel Kay offers up a solid fantasy tale with plenty of plotting and intrigue. The 9 provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm are shattered by war and find themselves split under the rule of 2 sorcerers from foreign lands. Four provinces have fallen to each sorcerer with only one remaining independent and the key to the fragile balance of power. This tenuous situation has gone on for almost twenty years and this is a story about the spark that sets off the powder keg.

The history of how this balance of power came to be is explained slowly throughout the book. You will see certain plans pay off and others fall apart as the various players in this dangerous game all vie to advance their agendas. Overall this has a little less action than most fantasy novels, but it does build to a satisfying crescendo at the end. Each character has a rich history that is explained throughout the book so you find yourself well prepared for the finale and the actions that are taken (and not taken.)

Simon Vance as narrator felt like a good fit for the material.

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  • Aaron Brown
  • 11/10/2009

Well thought out and beautifully written

There are times when you might feel Tigana is over-written. Sometimes you want to yell at the narrator, "I get it! They feel very very oppressed. Do we have to wallow in yet ANOTHER memory of this!" :) But the language is very beautiful and the concept is pretty unique. The characters (even the bad guys) have true depth and the world feels very very real. Someone compared this to Sanderson's Mistborn. While Mistborn is more action packed and may be a bit more fun to listen to it feels artificial and shallow when compared to this setting. Kay creates legends, mythology, rituals that make this world live and breath. Kay is definitely a master. And best of all he FINISHES a very complex plot in ONE BOOK. Everything ties together quite nicely and doesn't feel rushed at all. Recommended...

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  • Jake
  • 30/05/2009

Well Written and Read

An excellent book all around, the story is moving and you will find yourself caring deeply for all the characters, even (and maybe especially) the villains. This book runs the emotional spectrum and does not follow the rules fantasy novels tend to adhere too. The closest book I can compare this to is Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn: The Final Empire" because both involve complex plots to take down near godlike rulers, but the magic in this book is far more fluid than Sanderson's, more along the lines of classic fantasy.

Also, the reader of this book is excellent, it took about 5 minutes to get use to it, then his almost musical way of speaking just carried me away. I cant imagine a better reader for this book.

The preview audible gives really didn't seem all that interesting to me, but I'm glad I picked this one up.

Note: Contains adult situations, but not without cause.

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  • John
  • 09/06/2009

Guy Kay...

What more do I have to say than this is Guy Kay. He is in my opinion not only among the best fantasy writer working today, but one of the best writers. This is an early book of GGK's and still one of my favorites.
Concentrating on the book it's self for a moment. This is a truly epic tale with a different twist. Although you will see shared ideas with some other great works of fantasy you will also be confronted with ideas you have never seen before. A second wonderful thing about this book is that it is unapologetically adult in tone, situation, and level of writing. There is nothing dumbed down in this book. The writing is hard, and beautiful. The deaths are real and painful, and yes the sex is also real and also sometimes painful. The last point I want to make about the book is that the "bad guys" are not all bad guys. They do horrible things but unlike much fantasy they are not just evil incarnate, they are real people that you end up caring about.
Concentrating on the reading...perfect. You could not ask for a better reader.

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  • Julie Grace
  • 04/02/2018

Some nice prose but action stops while author repeatedly knocks you over the head with his theme

It started out well - good world building, interesting characters, plot was moving along nicely. Then the venue changes and the author goes from one long, drawn out backstory to the next. It’s claustrophobic. Additionally, the theme of the book is repeated over and over and over again. You want to shout to the author, “I GET IT!” Add to this the narrator’s melodramatic intonation of nearly every phrase, and the whole thing starts making you want to howl. Oh yeah, and all the men from a certain area sound like they’re from Transylvania. Yup, the reader adopts an accent like Dracula for several male characters. I wanted so much to like this book but I just couldn’t go on.

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  • Carol
  • 09/08/2010

Compelling, sad, beautiful

A complex and thought-provoking fantasy with well-drawn, believable, and likable characters that the reader comes to care about--even the bad guys. I read the book many years ago and remember being shocked and satisfied at the same time by the "twist at the end." I remembered the twist but had forgotten much of the long and elegant road Kay traveled to get there. It was a great journey to take with narrator Simon Vance (who seems be the reader of choice for an awful lot of the novels I like, so it's a good thing I like his voice). The book is long, as are the individual chapters, which was occasionally inconvenient when I "lost my place" on my iPod, but it remains one of the finest heroic fantasies I've ever read.

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  • Rachel
  • 17/06/2009

Good narration, great story

I really enjoyed listening to this book and got a good feel for the characters. It was unusual to be hoping for some of the "evil" characters to come out of it okay. There were some that you wanted to be beaten and I kept wanting the author to find a way to have a happier outcome for some of the others.
Overall, I would listen to this book repeatedly and believe I would find things I missed with each listening.

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  • OaAs
  • 22/01/2014

Sehr gutes Fantasy Buch

Ich habe mir das Buch vor einigen Wochen gekauft und gleich angefangen es mir anzuhören. Ich habe davor schon viele Hörbücher angehört und war Anfangs skeptisch da die meisten Fantasy Bücher mit nur einem Band, meist nicht sehr Detailreich oder Komplex sind. Dies ist jedoch bei diesem Buch nicht so.

Nun zum Buch:
Der Einstieg in dieses Buch war für mich schwer, da ich es auf Englisch gekauft habe und ich mich daher erst auf den Sprecher einstellen musste (Ich höre zwar alle Hörbücher auf Englisch, jedoch hat Simon Vance, eine eigene Art zu sprechen die für mich Anfangs schwer verständlich war). Nachdem ich mich aber an seine Art zu sprechen gewohnt hatte konnte ich nicht mehr aufhören zu hören.

Guy Gavriel Kay schaffte mit Tigana ein sehr gutes Werk indem er eine Welt präsentierte in der Probleme auftreten die es auch in der wirklichen Welt gibt, und er auf diese auch auf eine Art und Weise eingeht die auch in der wirklichen Welt möglich wäre, wenn man von der Magie und ähnlichen dingen absieht. Die Geschichte ist trotz der kurzen Dauer doch sehr komplex und regt dazu an mitzudenken.

Tigana war mein sechstes Hörbuch von Audible und ich wurde bisher noch nie enttäuscht.
Sowohl die Qualität der Sprecher als auch die der Bücher ist sehr gut und es macht spaß sich die Bücher anzuhören.

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  • Benedikt
  • 27/07/2017

Very very nice

It is well written, thoughtful and a nice heroic story.
I suggest it to anyone who accepts a deeper meaning in a Fantasy book.

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  • glauka
  • 02/11/2016

Britischer Akkzent und tolle Story

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Tigana gefallen?

Die überaus spannende, manchmal herzzereißende Handlung.

Welcher Moment von Tigana ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Als der Valentin in Tigana ist, um von seiner sterbenden Mutter Abschied zu nehmen.

Hat Ihnen Simon Vance an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Die Rivalität zwischen den alten Grafen und dem Tyrannen

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Ja...absolut, wenn es die Zeit zulassen würde...keine Frage

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es ist von meinem Lieblingsautoren Kay geschrieben (Kanadier) und von einem britischen Sprecher vorgelesen...Wenn man wie ich eine Schwäche für britisches Bühnenenglisch hat, dann ist das Hörbuch eine Wonne.