Tiger, Tiger : A Memoir Paperback
I still think about Peter, the man I loved most in the world, all the time.
At two in the afternoon, when he would come and pick me up and take me for rides; at five, when I would read to him, head on his chest; in the despair at seven p.m., when he would hold me and rub my belly for an hour; in the despair again at nine p.m. when we would go for a night ride, down to the Royal Cliffs Diner in Englewood Cliffs where I would buy a cup of coffee with precisely seven sugars and a lot of cream.
We were friends, soul mates and lovers. I was seven. He was fifty-one.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/03/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780241950159
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Review by teresa1953
This is a very courageous and heart wrenching book. Unrelenting in it's honesty it deserves to be read. Tiger,Tiger is the memoir of the relationship....and, sadly, it really is a relationship...between a child and a paedophile.Margaux is only seven years old when she casually swims up to Peter, aged 51, at the local pool and asks him if he wants to play. Thus begins their story which spans more than fifteen years. Margaux is a lonely child, and her unhappy life spent with a mentally ill mother and a mercurial father, makes it all the more easy for Peter to cast his spell over her. Indeed her mother adores Peter too, and he appears to be a charming family man who is genuinely fond of Margaux. In many ways he treats her more kindly than her own parents. What harm can there be in the fondness he displays for her?Slowly and insidiously, Peter becomes more intimate with Margaux and, quite obviously, this is difficult to read, but the writing is so beautiful it is almost as if the author has gone back in time and is writing as a seven year old. Indeed, throughout the book, Margaux retells their experiences in an age appropriate fashion. Because Margaux doesn't fit in at school and her homelife is so difficult, she finds herself spending more and more time with Peter. He is the one who loves her the most and he makes sure she knows that for his own benefit. I have always looked on paedophiles as monsters. This book told me so much more about them and what desperate sadness this "condition" brings to everyone it touches. It was, without doubt, a cathartic piece of writing for Margaux Fragoso and serves as a reminder to parents that not all adults are what they seem. I admire her deeply for her bravery in writing this book.This book was sent to me by Amazon to review.