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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
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Dec 07, 2011

it was amazing
Read from December 24 to 26, 2011

As a fan of "first novels" i often encounter some wonderful new voices on their first outings. "The Tiger's Wife" is a particularly brilliant effort. Told in vibrant detail, with a masterly ability to make the reader "see" the story unfolding, Obreht combines contemporary events with a sense of the legendary, without ever lapsing into the "magical realism" of so much South American fiction. Even the most preposterous events somehow seem feasible, or at least, feasible to a cultural mindset that believes that incredible things can happen - that an improperly buried corpse will bring devastating illness on a family, or that the belongings of the dead cannot be disturbed for 40 days, while the soul hangs around, getting used to being dead. And are these things any more or less plausible than the murders, shifting political borders, or inexplicable human behavior we see on the news? A remarkable novel.
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