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Tiger's Wife (English)

Author: Tea Obreht
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Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011!

'Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days. The tiger did not know that they were bombs...'

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.

Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.

From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realises he may have died searching for 'the deathless man', a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

About the Author
Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, emigrating to the US in 1997. She was the youngest author on The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 List, and one of the youngest authors ever to be extracted in the magazine. Her short story, 'The Laugh', debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, 'The Sentry' appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. Her novel, The Tiger's Wife, has won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. She lives in New York.

Specifications of Tiger's Wife (English) (Paperback)

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Author Tea Obreht
Book Details
Publisher Phoenix
Imprint Phoenix
Publication Year 2011 June
ISBN-13 9780753827406
ISBN-10 0753827409
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 352 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.07 inch
Height 7.67 inch
Depth 1.06 inch
Weight 1.06 g
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Priyanka Bhatia
26 Sep 2012
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Fantastic

The book has so many elements that its difficult to say which one I liked best but I loved the way love, humor, tragedy and fantasy are all blended together to create such a fine story. The book straddles different periods in time skillfully blending Eastern European folklore with a contemporary story- telling. One of the best books I have read in a long long time

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Rujuta Deshpande
27 May 2012
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Simply a MUST read!!!

It is difficult to infer that T??a Obreht, at a mere age of 27 is the author of such an engrossing story, while being a novice at the art of storytelling in the literary world.

The narrative is set in an anonymous country in the Balkans during the post-world war II days and is written in anecdotes. The story begins on a nostalgic note from Natalia the protagonist, recounting her ritual of visiting the zoo with her grandfather to see the tiger. This nostalgia is infringed upon by her grandmother, to inform about the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her grandfather???s death at a loc...
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It is difficult to infer that T??a Obreht, at a mere age of 27 is the author of such an engrossing story, while being a novice at the art of storytelling in the literary world.

The narrative is set in an anonymous country in the Balkans during the post-world war II days and is written in anecdotes. The story begins on a nostalgic note from Natalia the protagonist, recounting her ritual of visiting the zoo with her grandfather to see the tiger. This nostalgia is infringed upon by her grandmother, to inform about the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her grandfather???s death at a loc...
It is difficult to infer that T??a Obreht, at a mere age of 27 is the author of such an engrossing story, while being a novice at the art of storytelling in the literary world.

The narrative is set in an anonymous country in the Balkans during the post-world war II days and is written in anecdotes. The story begins on a nostalgic note from Natalia the protagonist, recounting her ritual of visiting the zoo with her grandfather to see the tiger. This nostalgia is infringed upon by her grandmother, to inform about the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her grandfather???s death at a location unknown to them. The news of his death is not so much of a shock as is his stealthy sojourn in his final days. He being an eminent physician, what perplexes Natalia was his decision to leave home in his sickness, compelling her to unravel the riddle of his travel. Complicating her riddle, she is also informed that The Jungle Book, her grandfather???s prized possession that he carried with him all the time, is missing along with other belongings.

Natalia is a physician, and at this time is travelling on a goodwill mission to an orphanage.
In the two ??? three days of her mission, she muses the stories of a vagrant called as the deathless man who claims to be immortal, the tiger???s wife and the bear hunter told by her grandfather. These childhood stories along with local superstitions are her only aids in putting together the jigsaw puzzle. This pursuit of Natalia forms the main crux of the story, finally leading to an apt climax to this fiction of family bonding, Balkan wars and the liaison between superstitions and reasoning.

The author uses extensive visual imagery which works in both; for and against the book. At times it is visually scintillating but sometimes tends to drag and lower the pace of the dialogue. Another gaffe is the constant switching between past and present settings which may confuse or obstruct the flow of the book for some. The character development other than that of the grandfather seemed underdeveloped, as I could connect more to the grandfather as compared to Natalia.
On the positive side, the language used in the book is very humble and eloquent and hence, this can be a great bench mark book for those who wish to be introduced to their love for reading. The author???s approach towards storytelling is fresh and captivating. The book is a compulsive page turner with subtle undertones of sadness, and humor that keeps the reader hooked till the end. For me, it also brought back my childhood days and my story sessions with my grandparents. I think it is particularly successful, because it keeps the reader???s thirst for climax intact all throughout, and also makes one think about certain situations in the story.

The Tiger???s Wife is definitely a must read for all ages and hence Tea Obreht wins as a successful story teller in her debut novel.

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    Book: Tiger's Wife (English) by Tea Obreht
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