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The Tiger's Wife Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
|Paperback, 23 Jun 2011||
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In one, set in the modern day, narrator Natalia, a young doctor, tells of her posting to a village orphanage. She recalls the Yugoslav wars of her childhood, and her beloved grandfather, who has just died.
In the other thread, she relates stories her grandfather told her: his several meetings with the "deathless man" ; and his memories of a deaf-mute woman, beaten by her husband, but castigated by the villagers as "the tiger's wife" for apparently helping an escaped zoo animal...
This is a very symbolic work, requiring focus and which would benefit from a second reading. I appreciated the writing quality but nevertheless was glad to reach the end!
The way the real and the mythical are blended together in this story written by its promising author reminds me of Disciples of Fortune, Gone Girl. The plot in this story is brilliant and the setting carries the day. The Balkans is a puzzling part of Europe. The writing itself is excellent. This is a book to read again.
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Thank you, Ms. Obreht, for a good read.
Natalia must also find out for her grandmother the circumstances of her grandfather's death. She knows more than she tells her grandmother because her grandfather had confided in her about his illness, but before he died he told Natalia some of the stories that he remembered from his younger years. The superstitions and beliefs of the older generations are told and believed by many who grew up believing in such things, but Natalia's more modern day thinking doesn't include all of them. The story of the tiger's wife comes late in the book, but is very much like a fairy tale and is so absorbing yet bittersweet. The tiger is introduced earlier and remains a character.
The most interesting and disturbing part of The Tiger's Wife is the grandfather's story of his encounters with the deathless man. The theme of death runs throughout the book and weaves its way through three main storylines. To confront the deathless man would be truly frightening, but as part of the mythology of the book, it is an extremely engrossing story.
At times I found it hard to follow because of the shifting back and forth in time, but the end of the book brings it all together nicely. I thought it was an excellent book especially written by such a young author.