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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel de Tea Obreht
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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel (2011 original; edició 2011)

de Tea Obreht (Autor)

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Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.… (més)
Membre:101ReasonsWhy
Títol:The Tiger's Wife: A Novel
Autors:Tea Obreht (Autor)
Informació:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2011), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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The Tiger's Wife de Téa Obreht (2011)

  1. 123
    Història de Pi de Yann Martel (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both books contain elements of magical realism and tigers!
  2. 102
    Llibre de la jungla (Llibre primer i Llibre segon) de Rudyard Kipling (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: The Jungle Book is the book Natalia's grandfather loves in The Tiger's Wife and features Shere Khan, the tiger.
  3. 61
    The Namesake de Jhumpa Lahiri (Usuari anònim)
  4. 00
    Gingerbread de Robert Dinsdale (avatiakh)
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    Ingrid and the Wolf de André Alexis (Usuari anònim)
  6. 11
    The Ministry of Special Cases de Nathan Englander (Usuari anònim)
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    Keturah And Lord Death de Martine Leavitt (Usuari anònim)
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 Orange January/July: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht40 no llegits / 40TheWriteRoomPress, octubre 2013

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The breakup of the former communist state Yugoslavia had a profound effect on the people of the Balkans. Individual provinces fought for independence and the result was revolution that pitted neighbor against neighbor and drew national borders between areas that previously had been part of the same country.

The history of all that happened in the Balkans is complicated and difficult for outsiders to really comprehend. Unfortunately, Téa Obreht doesn't do much to clear things up for readers of The Tiger's Wife. The causes and consequences of the revolution that lies at the heart of her novel are addressed only obliquely, if at all. Even someone who was paying attention to international news at the time, as I was, may be hard-pressed to understand the undercurrents felt by the characters as they travel from one war-torn area to another.

The book is really three stories in one: In the present-day, Natalia is a doctor who travels across one of those newly established borders to conduct an immigration clinic. The story flashes back to her childhood experiences before and during the war, in particular her interactions with her grandfather, who was also a doctor. Still another plot line traces a pair of fables/legends told to Natalia by her grandfather about a woman known as the tiger's wife in his home village, and his encounters as an adult with Gavran, a man who claimed to be unable to die.

The sections of the book dealing with the fables were quite enjoyable; the sections featuring Natalia less so. I can only imagine that if you are well-versed in Balkan history you may be able to wrestle more enjoyment from these parts than I did. Overall, I'm glad I read The Tiger's Wife. I think Obreht shows a lot of promise as an author, and I look forward to her future work. ( )
  rosalita | Nov 8, 2022 |
“Everything necessary to understand my grandfather lies between two stories: the story of the tiger's wife, and the story of the deathless man. These two stories run like secret rivers through all the other stories of his life--my grandfather's days in the army; his great love for my grandmother; the years he spent as a surgeon and a tyrant of the University. One, of which I learned after his death, is the story of how my grandfather became a man; the other, which he told to me, is of how he became a child again.”

Natalia is a medical professional living the region, not specifically named, of former Yugoslavia. Her grandfather has recently died, and she travels with a colleague to perform medical duties and retrieve her grandfather’s personal effects. She recalls memories of going to the zoo with her grandfather. His backstory includes two traditional folktales, the tale of the tiger’s wife the legend of the deathless man. The experiences of war form a key portion of the narrative – both WWII and the more recent Wars of Yugoslav Succession. While none of the specific locations is named, it is easy to figure out from the context.

This book reads like a puzzle where the reader is searching for the interlocking pieces. I consider it an excellent example of literature assisting in intercultural understanding. I would not call it an easy read. It requires focused concentration and a careful examination of the pieces and parts in order to make sense of the whole.

I enjoy Téa Obreht’s writing. I had recently read her second novel, Inland, and enjoyed it immensely, so decided to read another of her works. The two books are highly original and significantly different from each other. Taken together, these two works showcase her versatility as a writer. I look forward to reading her next offering.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Didn't finish. Had the quality of a dream or nightmare, borderless, vague, shifting. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Oct 4, 2022 |
Complex , moving, meaty story. Folktales interwoven with the surreality of war in the background and a grandfather-granddaughter relationship that ties it all together. Beautifully written and compelling. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Obreht, Téaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Abarbanell, BettinaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Doeschate, Anke tenTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Duerden, SusanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gómez Calvo, IgnacioTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kanmert Sjölander, MolleTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sachs, RobinNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

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