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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
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Dec 05, 2011

really liked it
Read from January 20 to 22, 2012 — I own a copy

(4.0) Really enjoyed the history-turning-story-turning-legend-turning-myth going on in Natalia's grandfather's past

It's largely about the narrator's grandfather (though there are first-person sections about Natalia in 'present time' as well, largely to tell us of her grandfather's recent death, spurring the memories of him and his past told to her), and I love the stories bordering on magical realism from his past: the tiger's wife and the deathless man. Good stuff.

I also loved a brief section on the provenance of the village of Galina's one gun, tracing every set of hands it was passed to from a Turkish soldier to the blacksmith (right?). It's really minor, but I thought it was a beautiful flourish that adds to Obreht's work.
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