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The Last Tasmanian Tiger Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B082GGKR77
- Publisher : Sterling Gate Books (6 December 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2668 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 35 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 555,335 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reading Lance Morcan’s The Last Tasmanian Tiger was a special treat. I’m Australian and grew up in the mainland bush, so the story holds a significant interest for me.
Every now and then there is a report from the wilds of Tasmania that someone has reported seeing something they have identified as a Tasmanian Tiger. Most people scoff at these reports and they are not taken seriously. However, deep down in the depths of our Aussie hearts is a wish that the Tigers still exist and we shiver a little with wonder and hope.
The story is very well written. I love the deft hand of the author as he uses great imagery at the beginning as he sets his scene. We are one with the bush and with the tracker.
Charlie the tracker is aborigine and he has that special connection to country that his race all share. One thing that brought me closer to Charlie was the authenticity of his thought patterns and that he was aligned with The Dreaming.
Charlie is also a modern man too, however. With his phone and his digital camera he is a man with a foot in two worlds.
I don’t want to spoil this story by adding too much about how Charlie’s search for The Tasmanian Tiger ends, but Charlie’s final decision is one I would have made as well.
All Australians will love this story about the search for one of our lost icons. I see no reason however for it not to resonate with readers internationally. The story was almost as terminal for the bison for example.
I highly recommend this story to all readers. It is also suitable for readers of any age group.
It was a pleasure to read this wonderful story!
~John Holland~. Author of Heartland and other books.
Charlie Truganini loved being outdoors and he was considered one of the best trackers going around. Charlie was so confident that the Tasmanian Tiger was still out there somewhere in the Tasmanian wilderness that he was determined to track one down. However, no one had come close to finding one in many years, so it was unlikely that Charlie would either. There is so much to like about this story, and it’s certainly well worth a read. 5/5 Star Rating.
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This is a short story of just 36 pages, so I read it very quickly.
Charlie Truganini, aged 48, a Tasmanian Aborigine tracker is trekking through the bush on behalf of the Southwest Wilderness Native Animal Protection Society (SWNAPS) to check and resite their cameras. It is a role he loves, as he hopes one day to discover a Tasmanian Tiger, an animal believed to be extinct for many decades.
But today is different. He actually discovers and photographs a Tasmanian Tiger. Now what should he do? Tell everyone or keep quiet? Zoos, scientists, conservationists, hunters, media? Does he make the right decision?
I enjoyed this story. It brought back memories of when I did a project on marsupials in junior school and made me think about the ongoing situation with the koalas and bush fires. But for such a short story, it did feel as if it should be part of an anthology rather than a book on its own. Although under current circumstances, one short story was probably all my attention span could cope with, so it was the ideal read for me just now.
An enjoyable short story. Lance is a very versatile author as this is quite a different genre to the brilliant Silent Fear novel that I absolutely loved, which Lance wrote with his son James, plus they write non-fiction and novellas too.
The Southwest Wilderness region is an area totally uninhabited by people since the nearest road is fifty miles away.
Charlie is the 48-year-old grandson of Dingo Truganini, the tracker who helped capture the last known Tasmanian tiger. This species is thought to be extinct. Charlie believes, in his heart, the Tassie tiger still exists, and he has been looking for proof for 5 years, without success
Charlie, is a possum trapper by day, and is accustomed to working alone in the quietness of the wilderness. His work with SWNAPS involves checking cameras set up at various locations to catch images fauna existing in various parts of the wilderness.
As an expert tracker, when he comes upon footprints and spore he feels he has found a Tassie (local name for the Tasmanian Tiger). He needs proof. The very last camera he checks shows an image of what appears to be a Tassie tiger. His expertise as a tracker enables him to locate the Tassie, and get pictures of the animal.
He is ecstatic. He now has proof of his find. As he heads for home, he begins to wonder what his find will bring in the way of hunters and media exposure.
If you were Charlie, what would you do? His is a journey of conviction and love. His finding could give him, and his family, fame and much noteriety, but what of the solitary Tassie?
Lance Morcan has given us a unique view of a man in a wilderness area that almost none of us will ever experience. The dedication of a caring trapper in the isolation and quietness of the wilderness, and the realization of a dream.
It is a quiet read that the reader is able to feel and enjoy
LOOKING FOR THE TAS TIGER
Charlie Truganini is a Tasmanian aborigine (Paredarerme Nation) and a member of the Southwest Wilderness Native Animal Protection Society. He is checking cameras setup in the Tasmanian wilderness (The Southwest Wilderness) as part of SWNAPS’s wildlife monitoring activities. In the last camera he checks, he finds the apparent image of a Thylacine cynocephalus — a Tasmanian Tiger. This animal is a predatory marsupial, considered by most scientists to be extinct. The last known living specimen was photographed in a zoo around 1933. The camera discovery sets Charlie off on a hunt for the animal. What he finds puts him in a moral quandary that he passes on to his son twenty years later.
EMOTIONS AND THANKFULNESS
The Last Tasmanian Tiger contains themes of aboriginal spirituality and the morality of wildlife conservation. Regarding the former, Charlie Truganini (the primary protagonist) is an aborigine of a “major First Nations indigenous group.” He is steeped in his people’s culture and we see that in his prayers to the spirits of his ancestors when feeling thankful. Years later, Charlie’s son, Precious, follows the same pattern when hit with strong emotions. Indeed, it seems being open to emotions is a trait common to people who live close to nature. And so both Charlie and Precious are, at such times, moved to prayer.
The morality that comes from and produces impulses of wildlife conservation are also examined and drive the plot. Issues of protecting animals are not usually presented as difficult decisions but they are here, for both Charlie and his son. Charlie’s decision, especially, is painful to watch. This moral theme is further examined with mention of “well-meaning” scientists and do-gooders and the not-always-good results of their well-meaning (e.g., the loss of the last Tas tiger in 1936). Yet, that same morality pushes both Charlie and his son to do what they do.
A strong sense of “family” also fills this little story, seen mostly in Charlie’s devotion to his family and in their’s to him and to each other. This family theme should connect to Young Adult readers, unless they are so jaded by modern culture as to be alienated from familial values. I should think it compelling for them, though, as it will likely be for thoughtful older adults.
Fitting for an “wildlife” book, there is a feel for the Tasmanian wilderness and its animals. Though not dwelt upon (this is a short story), it is there enough to convey the ambiance of the outdoors, establishing the story’s backdrop.
SHORT STORY OR CONDENSED NOVEL?
That feel for the outdoors and love of wildlife are aspects I liked about this story. These are in support of the Tasmanian tiger mystery that drives the plot. Melding the nature theme with aborigine culture and the Tas tiger mystery is well-done by Mr. Morcan.
Aboriginal spirituality also pervades the story, though subtly and it is not overdone to the point of distraction. It is a device that drives the considerations and decisions of Charlie and Precious, and is handled with good measure.
I do get the feel of The Last Tasmanian Tiger as being, in format, a highly condensed novel more than a short story. That leads to a great deal of exposition and narrative over description, dialogue, and internal monologues. While much of that is the nature of short stories, it adds to the story’s YA feel. Whether or not that is the author’s intention, it is my perception. What that means to me is that this story has potential as a longer work.
There is also little movement in plot or character development outside of the main protagonist, Charlie. Though this is from the constraints of telling a short story, the consequence is characters that feel one-dimensional, or at least under-developed. My feeling is that Mr. Morcan could have either written his story much more narrowly in scope (focusing on a single incident, making the whole story basically one scene) or written it as a longer piece (possibly even a non-fiction).
A GOOD INTRO TO THE MORAL/SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF CONSERVATION
Overall, I very much liked The Last Tasmanian Tiger. It is appealing in its spiritual-wildlife-mystery aspects, making clever use of the Tasmanian tiger controversy. I recommend it as a YA intro to Australian/Tasmanian and aboriginal culture, as well as a wildlife tale with conservationist-moral overtones. It should provoke in readers, considerations of the value of all life with the Tasmanian tiger extinction question as a model.
Charlie Truganini is a descendant of one of the last full blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian's. He is proud of his heritage and wants to follow the family in being a tracker of the Tasmanian Tiger. On a quest he believes he sees the tiger, which is known to be extinct. This had become one of his biggest challenges.
A fascinating short story that moves at a fast pace, with a compelling plot. His ambition is unending, and his accomplishment was rewarding. I was drawn to Charlie and this majestic animal (and) his unending devotion. Overall I enjoyed The Last Tasmanian Tiger and feel others will as well. I highly recommend to all.