- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 8, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004R0ODG6
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The Tiger's Wife is filled with wondrous moments, small scenes that assemble into a novel of power and wisdom and beauty. As an adult doctor delivering medicine across new and uncertain borders, Natalia grieves for her deceased grandfather while recalling the lessons he taught and the stories he told -- stories that more often than not center on death: how it is faced, feared, and embraced. Death is everywhere in this novel: death caused by war, by disease, by animal and man and child. And there is death's counterpoint, a character who cannot die (or so the grandfather's story goes).Read more ›
Well, I will agree that Tea Obreht can write a beautiful sentence; a beautiful paragraph ... her writing flows very well. I tend to read with a very smooth, lyrical inner voice. In many novels, this trips me up at times because the author very suddenly changes sentence structure and interrupts the flow of the writing and the words themselves. This novel was a refreshing change in that regard, and at first I quite enjoyed it simply for this quality.
However, there is another flow a book must have, and that is a flow of story. Now, I'm not saying an author can't jump around in the telling, between points of view or side stories or time lines. I have certainly enjoyed novels that do this (an author that comes to mind is Kingsolver, who tends to change perspectives every chapter). But overall, there has to be a purpose to the jumping around. In this novel, I kept waiting for some indication of this, but I never got one, even at the end. The story didn't feel finished to me; it almost didn't feel like a story at all.
Another way in which I judge a novel is whether or not I *really* want to read it. It's not the sole indication of great writing, but for me to consider a book "good" I have to want to keep reading. Unfortunately, it was the exact opposite for this novel. I was constantly putting it down after, say, ten pages, and having to force myself to pick it back up. It's taken me a few weeks to read (with other things in between); this is an eternity for me.Read more ›
The narrative is woven around Natalia's remembrances of two fable-like stories narrated to her by her grandfather, which weave tighter and tighter and ultimately reveal their truths. There is a magical realism quality to these stories, which encompass the haunting tale of a rogue tiger, an abused deaf-mute woman who is feared by the villagers and rumored to be the tiger's wife, Darisa the bear and tiger hunter, and a "deathless man" who may be the nephew of Death itself, whose appearances often portend catastrophe.
Whew! There are hints of Garcia Marquez, Rushdie, perhaps Arabian Nights as the narrator seeks to get to the truth by working through the deconstruction of the mythology. To add yet another layer, the grandfather is very attached to his edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, which he carries everywhere. That allegorical book, of course, is a story of a boy raised by wolves when a tiger attacks an encampment, killing his father. Years later he finds himself back in "civilization", which he finds far less civilized than his jungle haunts.
Similarly, at the heart of The Tiger's Wife, a pampered tiger becomes "free" and reverts back to his original nature, placing the only person with the compassion to feed him at risk. Ms. Obreht writes, "If things had turned out differently, if that winter's disaster had fallen in some alternate order...the rumors that spread about the tiger's wife might have been different...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those book that I call disturbing. That's not a bad thing. After I finish a book and still am thinking about it days later, that's a good thing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kathy A. Green
The writing reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A cross of myth, superstition, and folk lore. Sometimes it proved a difficult read because of the detailed descriptions of what... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mahogany Kae
Actually a 4.5.
PROS: Intriguing and mysterious fable-like quality, great blend of reality and mysticism, unique and well-developed characters, unlike any other book, I will... Read more
i thot this story was incredible and loved the magical realism, unique writing style and enjoyed the effort and attention required by me to puzzle together all the different... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Elaine The Schramm
Beautiful writing but I lost the point of the novel somewhere along the way. Not a speed read for sure.Published 26 days ago by Megan Achatz
Brilliant writing, spiritual and meaningful. Successfully crosses cultural and intellectual boundaries. Hard to believe this is her first novel.Published 1 month ago by Worth Weller
Very confusing, hard to keep up with the time, people etc. shifts. Did not enjoy this book at all, partly because I kept losing the train of thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet Schadt