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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
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Apr 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 14 to 23, 2012

This is an interesting and unusual novel. It is set in the Balkans with two threads-one early in WWII tells the story of “the grandfather’s” childhood in a small isolated mountain village and the other is the story of his granddaughter, Nadia, coming to terms with his death as the area tries to cope with the aftermath of the most recent wars. The stories are blends of individual histories, folk tales, and childhood memories. It covers a number of generations of superstition, hate, disruption and tigers. For now I have read the book for its story but it is, for me, one of the rare books that I want to set aside and pick up and re-read more deeply in the future.
The book is beautiful and fascinating. But it opened up some points of view that were abandoned. For instance, we briefly see the world several times from the original tiger’s point of view but this disappears.

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