The Tiger's Wife Paperback – 13 Jun 2011
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A wonderful, really remarkable novel...fascinating, unusual, original (Erica Wagner on WOMAN'S HOUR, RADIO 4)
A magical, distinctive tale. (Emma Lee-Potter DAILY EXPRESS)
As enchanting as it is surprising ... Obreht's prose style is full-bodied and vibrant, and she conjures brilliant images on every page. (Edmund Gordon SUNDAY TIMES)
War and its legacy ricochets through Obreht's kaleidoscopic dance of myth, folk memory and interrelated stories ... dizzying and ambitious (LONDON METRO)
a stunning tale with the mythic quality of a fairy story (TIMES)
Mysterious and funny (SUNDAY HERALD)
A distinctive, magical tale (DAILY EXPRESS)
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011See all Product Description
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Lovers of folk stories will love this combination, while those with a lack of tolerance for the more magical storytelling genre will inevitably find less appeal here. If you enjoyed Yann Martel's "Life of Pi", another tiger-featuring imaginative book, then this will be right up your street.
It's a surprisingly ambitious structure for such a young, first-time author and in most respects, she carries it off with aplomb, although I suspect that with a little more experience, some of the storytelling could have been tightened up slightly which would have enhanced the impact. At times the stories seem to drift on a bit.Read more ›
Much has been written in the other reviews about the deathless man and the tiger's wife herself (of whom the author unwisely tries to conjure up a logical explanation at the end). I just felt it was all a load of hokum.
The reading group notes in the back of the book were crass. I can't imagine them stimulating any debate (Was it any good? would be my first discussion question). There was even a two page plot summary preceding them. Presumably for those who just turn up for the wine and the company and can't be bothered reading the actual book (in this case, a good plan).Read more ›
The Tiger's Wife is a natural choice for book groups, but I would urge them to avoid the suggestions for discussion at the back of my edition (a Phoenix paperback). If "Why, in Darisa's dream, were the tiger and his wife always eating heads?" is one of the most pertinent questions raised by the novel, then I really have missed something.
For me one of the greatest charms of `The Tiger's Wife' was the story of the relationship between grandfather and grandchild. Our narrator, Natalia a doctor, tells us the tale of her grandfather's life from the memories she has of him and the tales that he told her of his former life after she learns from her grandmother that he has died in mysterious circumstances and after he disappeared telling everyone he was going to see Natalia. It's the mystery, the fact some of his possessions are missing and the need to understand him that sets Natalia on a mental, rather than physical, journey to work out just who her grandfather was.
The thing I loved about the novel also became the thing that I didn't love so much about it. As the story goes on we are introduced to the myths and fables of her grandfather's life. Whilst I love these sort of `fairytales for adults', sometimes I was just confused by them. I would read them, like the tale of the deathless man, really enjoy them and yet be left wondering as to their relevance as a whole.Read more ›
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Probably a *3.5 for this highly unusual, well-written and ambitious first novel, in which the author gives us two stories in alternate chapters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sally tarbox
I thought it was a bit disjointed though some of the descriptions were good. It is not a book that flowed so I didn't really enjoy it.Published 5 months ago by Wendy Mayle
I did enjoy this and I feel that one day Tea Obreht will write something superb. But sometimes I found myself getting a little bored and skipping pages, I would not have been moved... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Four Violets
I see from other reviews that this is a much hyped novel. I personally hadn't heard of it at all when I was given it, but it looked well read & I saw that it had won the Orange... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peggy G
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