The Tyre

The Tyre

4.4 (35 ratings by Goodreads)
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A magical reading-group novel, that takes us into the world of an Indian untouchable, with echoes of The White Tiger.

Barely managing to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in Tamil Nadu, Ranji accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to feed his beloved family and keep them safe in their hut beneath the banyan tree. But when a huge new tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji realises that this could change his life forever, and embarks on a quest to turn his good fortune into cold hard cash.

But his growing obsession causes Ranji to neglect his beautiful wife Meena, who is struggling to resist the advances of the wealthy local brick-maker. And as Ranji's formerly simple life fills with worries and conflict, he starts to question whether the tyre is in fact a curse rather than a blessing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.7mm | 281.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786080648
  • 9781786080646
  • 3,455,181

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"Captivating and enchanting! I loved this book. The story is presented as a fable, an imaginative tale with a moral. It's like Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination. As you read the book, you will enjoy the lovely phrases, the richly -crafted characters, and the culture of India. You will be rooting for Ranji and his family. The ending is delightful and may surprise you. I look forward to reading more from the authors!"
Jena Henry (Reviewer)

"Truly exceptional, one of the most emotionally impacting books I have read in a long time... A heartfelt tale of hope, perseverance, resolution and determination... This book is an emotionally packed and intense read on all fronts, a truly liberating book on poverty and the way one chooses to embrace opportunities that are presented... a beautiful well-written book."
Cherry-Ann London (Reviewer)

"This book teaches us a lot of lessons, as it is an emotionally read... just beautiful."
Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

"The Tyre is one of those extremely evocative stories that deal with the multiple and diverse elements at play in the rigid caste system in India. It is also a story of a family's good luck and misfortune, how hopes are created and dashed, how survival is a struggle, and the ambition to save enough to buy a second-hand bike is a dream. A dream not for leisure but to work harder. A special book that looks at life's struggles for an "untouchable" family and how they strive to overcome discrimination and prejudices to create the best quality of life they can."
Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

"This is a beautiful, evocative book exploring relationships and the caste system in India. Ranji is one of the 'untouchables' who, along with his wife and family, lives hand to mouth. One day he finds a tyre which becomes the setting for the examinations of his marriage to Meena and his life. There are richly described characters and settings. Delightful."
For the Love of Books

"The Tyre is a compelling read. I was captivated with Ranji's story from page one, and it was fascinating to see the ups and downs he and his family faced, all from the discovery of a tyre on the wayside. The book offers an interesting look at what is important for happiness, and how sometimes things that seem like blessings can have far-reaching consequences."
Nicki J Markus

"I enjoyed being immersed in a world so vastly different from my own, living with these characters who are content with so little while deserving so much more. The novel is more than a look at another culture, it is a mirror in which we can reflect on our own values, hopes and dreams, leaving us to wonder at the strange serendipity that sometimes alters our lives in unimaginable ways."
The Literate Quilter

"Hope, disappointment and acceptance of karma - it's all there in this little story of an Indian family. You'll feel with them, you'll wonder how everything is a sign and connected with the various gods, how little things can change a life and how full of dignity life with literally nothing can be."
Barbara Tsipouras (Reviewer)

"Ranji ekes out a subsistence living gathering wood from the roadside to support his wife and children. They are Dalits, untouchables, and in spite of new equality legislation, they are still outcasts. But then one day Ranji's hardscrabble existence looks set to change - a brand new tyre falls from a truck and he manages to hide it away. This is an excellent novel, at one and the same time realistic but also a fable about expectations and dreams."
Mandy Jenkinson (Reviewer)
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Rating details

35 ratings
4.4 out of 5 stars
5 57% (20)
4 31% (11)
3 9% (3)
2 0% (0)
1 3% (1)
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