4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tedious and weak,
This review is from: The Tiger's Wife (Paperback)
The fact that this won the Orange Prize says more about how obscure that award is rather than how good this book is.
Quite frankly, it's a very weak book written in a way that has no consistency or direction. There is little, or indeed no, plot to follow: one is left to "wander around" in multiple directions that take you absolutely nowhere. As other reviewers have said, I too ploughed through it with a mistaken sense of duty. I finally got to the end, but it remained weak and inconsistent throughout. Reading this was quite frankly a tedious waste of time.
I was also confused by the geographic references - deliberately kept ambiguous but resulting in confusion and uncertainty throughout. Here was an opportunity to really set the story and characters as the human side/cost of the regional warfare but this was ducked. Odd because it appears the author and her family would have been affected by those wars.
Is she a good writer? - not on the evidence of this book. Is it a "genuinely exciting debut" (Sunday Times)? - absolutely not. And quite why the Guardian reviewed it as a "black comedy" defeats me - I didn't see even the slightest element of comedy in any of the 335 dull pages.
The Tiger's Wife is a true example of marketing hype taking precedence over literary worth.