Moon Tiger Background

Moon Tiger Background

The Moon Tiger, written by Penelope Lively, was published in 1987. It is about Claudia Hampton, who is very ill from cancer, and is thinking about her life.

Claudia's first thought is about her father who died during WWI. Claudia has a competitive relationship with her brother, who is one year older than she is. She and her brother, Gordon, are both changed by the war, and both of them lead separate lives with their separate families. Claudia has a child named Lisa, yet Claudia herself dies of cancer.

Moon Tiger received the 1987 Booker Award. It takes place around WWII, where she personally encounters the terrors of war. This is a book in which a woman wants to be independent and adventurous, and it shows the traumas war can cause.

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