Sep 27, 2020
The Tiger Claw
Posted by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin first heard of the mysterious story of Noor Inayat Khan codename Madeleine at The Safe House, an espionage themed restaurant in Milwaukee A former Dutch spy told her of the brave and beautiful Indo American woman who left her family in London, England to become a spy in Nazi occupied France during the Second World War.The story immediately intriguedShauna Singh Baldwin first heard of the mysterious story of Noor Inayat Khan codename Madeleine at The Safe House, an espionage themed restaurant in Milwaukee A former Dutch spy told her of the brave and beautiful Indo American woman who left her family in London, England to become a spy in Nazi occupied France during the Second World War.The story immediately intrigued Baldwin, inspiring her to travel to Europe, seek out the places where Noor lived, interview the people who knew her and discover about the enigmatic woman The Giller Prize finalist The Tiger Claw Baldwin s follow up novel to her award winning What The Body Remembers was born from the silences, conflicting stories and significant gaps she discovered along the way.As the novel begins, we re thrown into a bleak German prison cell with Noor, where she is shackled hand and foot and freezing from the winter s cold It is December 1943, the turning point in the war raging in Europe Noor s captor, Herr Vogel, allows her onionskin paper on which he directs her to write children s stories She does so, but also secretly writes letters to someone she addresses as ma petite, the spirit of the child she had conceived with Armand Rivkin, a French Jewish musician and the love of her life Although she must keep the letters hidden from her captor, it is through these words to her unborn child, alternating with a thrilling third person narrative, that we lear

  • Title: The Tiger Claw
  • Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • ISBN: 9780676976212
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tiger Claw Shauna Singh Baldwin first heard of the mysterious story of Noor Inayat Khan codename Madeleine at The Safe House an espionage themed restaurant in Milwaukee A former Dutch spy told her of the brave

    Erin

    It s been two weeks since I finished The Tiger Claw and I sat down to update and couldn t at all remember what I had read since Galveston, which can t be a good sign whether of my memory or of the texts, I can t be sure.I took The Tiger Claw on a week s holiday with my family, which always means ample time to read Even with all kinds of opportunity, I struggled to motivate myself to keep reading I suppose there s only one way to put it The Tiger Claw was boring And it has no right to be It s set [...]


    Janine

    I never got into this book, even after 130 pages I didn t care about the characters and every description was so so winded I felt I gave it a chance, but I had to put it down.


    Chris

    I first learned about Noor Khan while reading A Life In Secrets Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII When I was in Montreal earlier this year, I saw this book and picked it up.As some other reviews have pointed out, the writing is both compelling and at the same time, the book could ve been a little shorter There are places where part of your mind will suggest coldly, perhaps, that the editing could ve been tighter, that there is no need to repeat that Despite this, however, the story is c [...]


    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    .5 STARS When Noor Khan s father, a teacher of mystical Sufism, dies, Noor is forced to bow, along with her mother, sister and brother, to her uncle s religious literalism and ideas on feminine propriety While at the Sorbonne, Noor falls in love with Armand, a Jewish musician Though her uncle forbids her to see him, they continue meeting in secret.When the Germans invade in 1940, Armand persuades Noor to leave him for her own safety She flees with her family to England, but volunteers to serve i [...]


    Alana

    I am not sure what to say about this novel It is the fictionalized account of Noor Khan, an Indian American British woman who was a spy for the French Resistance during WWII It was also a kind of love story, although the love story seemed be of a sub plot The main story seemed to be about a woman who finds the strength to be the kind of woman that she has to be, if that makes any sense So here are the blah parts of the novel 1 a bit slow to get into 2 the main character could have been develope [...]


    Toni Osborne

    Noor Khan parented by a teacher of mystical Sufism falls in love with Armand Rivkin a Jewish pianist but is forbidden to see him in the name of religion and propriety When the Germans invade France in 1940, Noor and her family are forced to flee to England for their safety Once there, due to Noors background she is recruited by the special intelligence agency and is sent to France to contribute to the underground resistance movement With this mission she hopes to reunite with her true loveThis i [...]


    Raj

    Shauna Singh Baldwin did it again with this wonderful book She is a master storyteller I was mesmerized throughout The book takes place mainly in France and Pforzein Germany during the nazi occupation of France The chronology of the book moves between the main character Noor Inayat Khan aka Madeleine writing letters in her prison cell and the story of how she ended up getting captured With the atmosphere and backdrop of Nazi occupation and resistance, this is ultimately a love story It is deep, [...]


    Jane Glen

    I made a new category unfinished for those books where I have read a considerable amount but just can t finish This is one of them Thought it would be good a Giller finalist but boring with poor character development Putting this aside.


    Gail Fenton

    I tried to like it, but just found it straight up boring It was slow as molasses and dry and just a bore Sorry Moving on.


    Neeuqdrazil

    Exhausting, heart breaking, beautiful A fictionalized tale of Noor Inayat Khan, Indian British spy in France during WW2, told from her perspective, jumping around in time.


    Kathleen McRae

    This book was a bit meandering although it had a good storyline.


    Sarah

    I highly regret wasting so many hours on this book I chose this book for my independent novel in school It had to be a Canadian author where at least one of their books were up for an award not knowing much of any Canadian authors who ve actually won a reward for a book I had to do some searching I ended up coming across this book My initial response to reading the back wasn t good but I didn t have enough time to find a better looking one and anyway she s a spy in WWII that s kind of interestin [...]


    Charles

    This could have been a much better account of what is a real story, were it not for the frequent exceedingly self absorbed religious philosophical musings of the heroine Noor Khan, in times of difficulty during her emprisonment in particular She was the daughter of a Sufi teacher veena musician and an American mother, who was raised in France except for a couple of years in India, and whose family fled to England, just prior to the outbreak of WW2 She had met fallen in love with a Jewish musicia [...]


    Michelle

    I really wanted to enjoy this novel The back of the book really intrigued me, I read up on Noor Khan and was fascinated by her story, and I saw that it has won awards However, this story left me wanting The bones of the story are great, but it s in desperate need for tighter editing I found that I could quickly skim entire pages and not feel as though I were missing a thing, the characters lacked any real depth, and I found the story to drag on.Noor is obsessed with a guy she used to date His na [...]


    Jane

    Singh Baldwin has chosen an intriguing and fascinating real life heroine Noor inayat Khan, daughter of an esteemed Sufi teacher and musician, a Muslim Indian who was raised in Paris during the 30s, and who, under the code name Madeleine, returned to Nazi occupied France to work underground as a transmitter for the Resistance By the autor s own admission, this fictionalized version of her life begins from fact but departs quickly into imagination to explore as if through her eyes, to feel what ma [...]


    Sarah

    This book was a very big disappointment The synopsis of the book is incredibly interesting but the author did a horrible job in execution Like many people said, this book was boring I really struggled to finish this book and I seriously thought I wouldn t be able to finish it because reading it was so frustrating I didn t really like any of the characters and the descriptions of everything are so tediously long that I felt like I should have just passed over them This book is set during World Wa [...]


    Melinda

    This is a book that I read for the book club I ve joined I don t remember hearing of it,but I know I ve read the first chapter beforeor maybe it was read on CBC and I heard it At any rate, this was another really good book It is a fictionalized autobiography, based on the true story of Noor Khan aka Nora Baker, an Indian national, who grew up in Paris and went to London with her family in the early days of WWII She trained as a wireless operator with the Brits and went back to Occupied Paris to [...]


    Patricia

    This was an amazing and engrossing story It is a fictionalized account of WWII resistance agent Noor Inayat Khan Her father was Indian and a sufi from Baroda now Vadodara and her mother was American The story starts with Noor imprisoned at Pforzheim, Germany having been captured in France while transmitting messages via wireless to her British headquarters and alternates between her current situation It retells the story of her life up to and including her incarceration Throughout the story we a [...]


    Arlie

    A story about Noor Khan SOE operative in France in WW2 Of American and Indian descent in a time when people were being exterminated for their race, by Hitler and by policies in India , Noor risks going to France to try and find her love, a Jewish musician named Armand.While the story was a bit slow in building, it had so many interesting questions that I eventually was quite drawn into what was happening Why is colonialism ok unless it happens on European soil Why is it so easy for people to jud [...]


    Jennifer

    I read this novel a few years ago, but I still think about it and recommend it to people My description wouldn t give the plot justice, as there is a lot going on all the time The novel is based on the true story of a woman named Noor who was a spy for the Allies during WWII The story shifts from her time in a Nazi prison where she is being held as a traitor to the events in her past leading up to her decision to become a spy and her eventual capture Noor s fate remains completely unknown to rea [...]


    Violet+Audrey

    I liked this book than Shauna Singh Baldwin s touted debut novel What the Body Remembers My word for this book is satisfying the love story is unabashedly sentimental with a setting that was both familiar set during WWII and fresh a female British secret service agent The only significant critique I have of Mrs Baldwin s writing is that I find the cultural context background, in this case the protagonist is a Sufi Muslim, is a bit heavy handed to be clear the same is very informative That said [...]


    duck reads

    Charming, heavily fictionalised account of the adventures of real life spy Noor Inayat Khan, a radio operator working for the British government in the French Resistance during WWII In the novel, Noor describes herself as a member of many tribes, and the depiction of her experiences amid the adventure and danger of being a spy in WWII is informed by that position A very interesting look at the attitudes and cultures that thrived during and arguably, helped produce a world war Notable for being a [...]


    Donna

    I FINALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK It was well written a great story, but the author took FAR TOO MANY pages to tell it Unfortunately I was bored to tears through much of it.QUOTE With Armand, I was unconscious of being woman, unconscious of him as man With him I could act, and he had liberty to feel I loved him for what he confided to me, the glimpse of his forbidden inner core, for the things I could say only to him when he shared my body and was enclosed by me In those moments there was nothing imp [...]


    Ann

    Okay, so I am a sucker for love stories, World War Two stories, and stories based on true characters This is it for all three Probably one of my fave books, it s about an East Indian woman who loves a French man who is Jewish as Europe erupts in chaos He s sent to a concentration camp, she s frantic, she tries to find him, he s moved to another camp just read it


    Sukriti

    I resist, therefore I am The Tiger Claw Shauna Singh Baldwin has done it again This book broke my heart times than I can count But honestly, the perfect balance of historical and the fictional details blew me away I have to say, I m tied between What the Body Remembers and the Tiger Claw Both have won me over.


    Linda

    Interesting portrait of a young Muslim Indian woman during WWII whose love for a Jew inspires her to go to work for the SOE as a radio operator in occupied France helping the RAF Intriguing to get the perspective of a culture not often cited during this time period, but about a hundred pages too long.


    Vicki Bismilla

    Once again Baldwin s research is meticulous A British Muslim woman working in the French underground during WWII intriguing and human, this story of love, patriotism, prejudice, heroism and sacrifice is an engaging read.


    Anna Wedel

    This book requires several reads It is a powerful, thoughtful, spiritual, and intelligent story with a unique perspective about WWII casting all the countries as participants in disregarding humanity for pursuits of their own nationalistic goals.


    Maya

    Pro unusual heroine, multiple elements of story are intriguing, great sense of urgency for both protagonist and everyone else around her set in WWII Con had trouble with the flashbacks and forwards, had trouble adjusting to the author s style


    Kris Babe

    Shauna Singh Baldwin takes us on the feminine heroic journey in this novel based on the true story of Noor Inayat Khan codename Madeleine , a spy for the British in Nazi occupied France Which war stories count Who matters These questions lie at the heart of Noor s story and this novel.



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