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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
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Apr 09, 11

Read in April, 2011

It is difficult to push aside all the hype surrounding this book and reflect instead on my own impressions. I admire Obreht for tackling a novel that weaves together myth/magical realism, and history through the voice of a present day narrator. I had already read The Tiger's Wife as a short story in the New Yorker and thought it was an amazing story. The Deathless Man weaved in well with the overall structure of the story. Natalia's story was uneven: her recollections of time shared with her grandfather were lovely; her trip to inoculate orphans was puzzling...oh unless it was the only way to put her in the vicinity of where her grandfather died; the people digging in the vineyard seemed superfluous. In our society that places such great value on youth, Obreht's youth is exalted. I look forward to watching her writing become more focused as she hones her craft.
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