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Beautiful beaches, sexy young backpackers, cheap drinks: Thailand is perfect for Billy, a Loyalist street fighter on the run from the Northern Ireland police.A heady ride of sex, drugs, and barroom brawls, A Tiger in Eden is a raucous debut novel in the anti-tradition of Trainspotting and The Beach....

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ISBN : 9781921922039
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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A Tiger in Eden Reviews

  • Bree T
    2018-11-16 05:25

    Billy is from Northern Ireland, a Loyalist through and through. He was recruited young, wanting to be more like his war hero grandfather than his quiet middle income father. Is it the mid 1990′s and Billy has had to go on the run from the Northern Ireland police. Thanks to his connections he was able to get out of the country and he has more than enough money to get him by. He’s in Thailand, travelling around the country staying in cheap hotels, drinking the cheap drinks, picking up women tourists. He’s been there a while and the gloss of being permanently on holiday is beginning to wear off. But Billy isn’t really sure what to do. His options are somewhat limited and he’s always looking over his shoulder.Drunken brawls, one night stands, a Buddhist retreat and a drug fueled all-night dance party will help Billy come to terms with what he has done in his past and finally deal with it. He’ll know that he’ll always be looking over his shoulder but there are ways that he can move on as well.I first heard about this book last year at the Melbourne Writers Fest when I attended the Sex & Sensibility panel, of which Chris Flynn was one of the panelists (you can read my recap of that event here). He read from a passage in this novel (a sex scene, naturally) but I do remember that he skipped the err…crucial point! I bought the book after the event and got it signed and have only just got around to plucking it out of the TBR pile.I loved Billy’s voice. It’s littered with profanities and Irish slang and that’s actually what I loved about it. Normally I’m turned off by excessive usage of the word c### in novels, but I’m finding that it’s now only in erotic scenes that it bothers me. Billy is in his mid-20s and has spent a large portion of his life as a gang member in Northern Ireland. He’s covered in identifying tatts that bespeak his loyalties, he’s probably not overly educated. This is exactly how I imagine that a man of his position would speak – the conversational tone, the excessive swearing. I can also hear the Northern Ireland accent as well, when I read which felt genuine (although I am one of those people who can pick an Irish accent, but not be able to tell you where in Ireland or Northern Ireland they might be from).Billy has lived a life of violence, it tends to be second nature for him. He finds ways even on a sort of extended holiday in Thailand, to burn out some aggression through fighting. But there’s also a strange kind of chivalry in him too – the fights that he picks are generally on behalf of others, who would be unable to fight for themselves and they’re often on behalf of women. There’s one scene where Billy tells a young tourist to put her bikini top back on as her bare breasts are inappropriate around the Muslim locals. Even he remarks that he cannot believe he is demanding a woman with a great rack put her top back on. Billy seems to have a respect for where he is and the people that are there. He tends to live like a local more so than a tourist, avoiding the overly popular places, travelling the way locals do in un-air conditioned buses and staying in places that tourists avoid or haven’t discovered yet. He also uses sex to dispel aggression. He seems to have no trouble picking up the ladies – he’s young, presumably quite fit and the aforementioned chivalry and respect that he has seems to make him an attractive option for a holiday fling, despite the simmering violence beneath the surface. In fact, it may even be because of the simmering violence beneath the surface!When Billy goes to a retreat where there’s total silence, he has nothing else to do but think. He volunteers for chores to keep himself busy but it is the beginning of him finally facing up to what he did and the reason that he has fled Northern Ireland. It’s unlikely he will be able to ever go back and it’s also possible that even if he could, he might not, because of what he would have to deal with there, personally, police aside. He meets someone who seems to understand him, who helps him deal with it, who maybe even betters him. Billy probably shouldn’t be sympathetic, but I ended up finding him so. He’s a product of where he came from and what was happening in those times, he was someone who wanted more. He talks about the most horrific acts in blasé terms but he’s also capable of great remorse. I found him very interesting and his thought processes fascinating. Billy’s life was entirely different to everything that is familiar to me.Although not something I would normally choose for myself if I were browsing the library or my local bookshop, I was glad I came across this book at the Melbourne Writers Fest. I got so much out of that experience, including finding new authors and books that I enjoyed enormously, such as this one. I’ll be looking forward to Chris Flynn’s next novel.

  • Marianne
    2018-11-28 02:11

    A Tiger in Eden is the first novel by Irish/Australian author, Chris Flynn. Set in 1996, the story is told by Billy Montgomery, a 23-year-old Loyalist hard man plucked from the harsh environment of his youth and lying low in Thailand, on the run from the Belfast police. We follow Billy through bus-trips, brawls and one-night stands as, after a year on the run, he begins to consider his future and his violent past. We watch as he is transformed, in this paradise, by his encounters with tourists, acquaintances from his former life, Thai locals, wildlife and the Buddhist religion. Billy’s voice comes through strongly with the use of Belfast street fighter idiom: some readers may be initially put off by the liberal use of strong language but persistence is richly rewarded with a moving tale. Billy’s descriptions of his many sexual encounters are explicit and matter-of-fact, with, perhaps, a hint of masculine bragging, and the brawls are described in similarly graphic manner. The surprisingly likeable Billy seems to be full of contradictions: he admits to being poorly educated but actually reads Proust, Camus and Kerouac, and not just to impress the honeys; he’s been a terrorist but is respectful of women, the environment and the Thai locals; he appears to feel more guilt about the possibility of having inadvertently ruined the reputation of a Thai woman than about all the maiming and killing he did in Belfast. While there is horror, there is also the odd dose of irony and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments: Billy asks Tony “…..are you a Catholic Buddhist or a Protestant one?” Billy’s check-in to the Buddhist monastery is absolutely hilarious!A Tiger in Eden has an original plot with a cute twist, realistic dialogue and genuine characters. Flynn touches on several interesting topics: sex tourism; how a person’s context can change their values and standards; respect for the beliefs of others; what lies beneath the mask that tourists wear; whether it is possible to change the direction of your life. Flynn’s knowledge of his subject is evident. This excellent debut novel has been described as uplifting and I wholly concur. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed this unique perspective on life.

  • Jady
    2018-11-27 02:17

    A fantastic story in the Belfast vernacular, of a disturbed ex-fighter who discovers the power of love and peace in a most unexpected way. I really enjoyed it.

  • Tina
    2018-11-14 00:04

    Liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Billy is a tough character, with deeply buried secrets. The book begins with him trying to lose himself in Thailand - drinking and fucking his way around the islands. With the thick Irish brogue and all the sland terms I had thought this was more in the Irvine Welsh vein. But I was wrong. Billy is a well developed and intense character. He knows he can't go on as he is and is ready for change. Where he finds the knowledge he needs to make a change is a suprise and worth reading on to find.Though it started a bit slow for me, I read the last half of the novel in a single sitting - Billy had me so captivated! Loved the way the author touched on Billy's big secret - giving small hints - but didn't reveal the full horror of it until just the right moment.An amazing first novel. Can't wait to see what Chris Flynn does next.

  • Calzean
    2018-11-23 01:25

    Well written, narrated in the first person by Billy, a 23 year old stand-over man, who is lying low in Thailand after things went bad for him in Northern Ireland.He gets sick and tired of the one-night stands. He goes off to a Buddhist monastery finds himself and realises he needs to live a better life. Till now the book was interesting, Billy was likeable enough, the writing was original and the battle of Billy with his past was well related.But after the monastery the story became a bit disappointing. The truth behind Billy's past is revealed but after a lot of blunt language the story lacked a punchy ending.

  • Rachelle
    2018-11-27 06:17

    I loved this book.What originally drew me to it was it being described like Trainspotting which is one of my favourite books. It included some similarities which I liked from Irvine Welsh's book such as being written in a brogue (though Irish instead of scottish), a troubled protagonist, drugs, and some good old fashioned violence. I love a good Anti-hero.I also like how they show the softer, remorseful side to the tough guy.It's something I rarely see in a well written book and it's quite refreshing.(view spoiler)[My favourite portion of this book is the buddhist retreat...I'll write more later. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kate Miller
    2018-11-19 04:12

    This book was shocking for about the first 70%, but once I overcame the shock from the endless "f***'s" and "c***'s", it became an enjoyable timeline of anecdotes of Billy's time in Thailand. It had a tragic climax that left you wanting to know more of the story behind Billy, and a slow ending that left the possibilities open for the reader's imagination. Interesting writing style (with one long sentence in the third from last chapter), which is read as one would imagine the pivotal character would speak. Definitely recommended.

  • Rhonda
    2018-11-29 04:10

    After reading his second novel The Glass Kingdom first, I was attuned to the idiosyncratic language to convey character and origin, the drifting male on the fringe and the violence. It seemed to take too much time for Billy to get to the monastery which was the pivotal experience, but I guess the long setup was needed to make sense of his time there.Again, like his second novel, this could be a good one to get teenage boys interested in reading, but the graphic sex and language won't be to everyone's liking.

  • Leeza Baric
    2018-11-11 02:14

    This book is like reading every woman's bad boy fantasy.I couldn't put it down. The character is enigmatic and evolves, suspense is built and the narrative voice engages the reader like licking honey off the back off a teaspoon, smooth, sweet and you can't help but want more! Oh to be born with an Irish voice! A great read: entertaining, funny, sad, informative,shocking,sexy and superbly written. Highly recommended.

  • Joel Roberts
    2018-12-10 02:15

    it had its funny and entertaining moments (i could not help but laugh at the protagonist's idiocy, tough guy antics, and moronic revelations). the book's "climax", when the protagonist's big demon emerges during (of course) a hallucinogen-fueled evening, lacked a punchy delivery. the plot lines lacked any credibility too: a botched burglary, a sleep-away at a monastery, seemingly endless and effortless sexual exploits... um, yeah right.

  • Paul
    2018-12-06 05:23

    Read this book, you won't come across another one like I assure you. Take one part Irvine Welsh (a PG-13 version), add in The Ghosts Of Belfast by Stuart Neville, throw in some Buddhism and stage it on the beaches of Thailand and you have A Tiger In Eden. There is is no other book like this, and it is fantastic.

  • Lesley
    2018-11-11 02:09

    A kind of likeable character, although it felt like his accent was laid on a bit thick and I found it tiresome. A compelling story, but not remotely funny as claimed by the blurb on the cover. You'll be sorely disappointed if you pick this one up looking for a laugh.

  • Berni
    2018-12-11 04:01

    Unlike anything I've read. Enjoyed the first person narration in a Northern Irish accent. Particularly enjoyed the meditation section and walk through the Thai jungle. Flynn really puts you right inside Billy's world.

  • Olympia
    2018-11-24 03:24

    I thought that this book would take a 'one last job' turn in the middle when they meet with Mr Carson. But instead I was pleasantly surprised. The overall ending was a bit rushed and I didn't feel like I knew enough about the woman he ended up with, but I really liked it anyways.

  • Jess
    2018-12-07 05:07

    A good book but the last 50 pages I was not a fan. I expected a lot more from this book and it just didn't hit my expectations. I was not a fan of the Irish language that was used by the main character and this took a while to get used to in the book.

  • Tim Richards
    2018-12-05 01:27

    Brilliant read, the narrator is a brilliant character and the author masterfully makes you care for this violent young man who you would normally never have sympathy for. Also, thankfully, the ending is not at all obvious. Really enjoyed this.

  • 4ZZZ Book Club
    2018-11-21 04:03

    Here's Sky's interview with Chris Flynn, originally aired on The Book Club on 15 March 2012.

  • Jiarong Shi
    2018-12-04 06:07

    Interesting especially you are or to be a backpacker in Southeast Asia

  • David McLean
    2018-11-13 06:21

    The troubles in Ireland follow you around the world.

  • Jean Osuliivan
    2018-11-25 06:07

    worth a read

  • Beth
    2018-12-03 06:21

    Strange, crude and interesting in parts.

  • Mandy Gardener
    2018-11-21 06:04