First book read in 2012!!
The Tigers’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger’s Wife was talked about a lot in 2011. It was up for multiple awards. I’m most impressed that the author isn’t even 30 years old yet. Such imagination for a young author and her first book to boot!
The Tiger’s Wife follows the story of Natalia and her grandfather. Natalia is a young doctor, who is out-of-town in the Balkan region helping with inoculations at an orphanage. Shortly after arriving, Natalia learns that her grandfather has passed away. From there, the book follows Natalia as she retrieves his body and reminisces on stories he told her.
The main stories and memories shared by the grandfather are about “the deathless man” and “the tiger’s wife”. My favorite part of the book was chapter 2, which is when you meet the deathless man. It’s a pretty awesome chapter! I was completely entranced and convinced that I would continue to love the book.
Sadly, I did not. Part of my problem was that I took to long to read the book. With odd characters, stories, and changing timelines, it’s best to read this book fairly quickly. I had a hard time keeping things straight in my head. There are tie-ins between the deathless man and the tiger’s wife too, which thankfully I caught them. But once again, you need to focus when reading this book.
If you like vivid language and imagination, you will really love this book though. It’s so very unique and very well-written. I’m certainly glad that I read it even though it’s not my particular style in the end.
If this snip-it draws you in, perhaps you should give this book a try:
” ‘We’ve got a cousin in the vineyard, Doctor.’ ” He spread his arms and gestured to the vines, from one side of the plot to the other. ‘Buried twelve years. During the war.’ He was perfectly serious. ‘Doesn’t like it here, and he’s making us sick. When we find him we’ll be on our way.”
3 out of 5 stars