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The Tiger's Wife

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Book Summary of The Tiger's Wife

'Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days. The tiger did not know that they were bombs...'

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.

Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.

From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realises he may have died searching for 'the deathless man', a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011!

About The Author
Tea Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, emigrating to the US in 1997. She was the youngest author on The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 List, and one of the youngest authors ever to be extracted in the magazine. Her short story, 'The Laugh', debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, 'The Sentry' appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. Her novel, The Tiger's Wife, has won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. She lives in New York.

Details of Book: The Tiger's Wife (BSID:26355)

Book The Tiger's Wife
Author Tea Obreht
ISBN 1780220790
ISBN-13 9781780220796, 978-1780220796
Binding Paperback
Publisher Orion/Hachette India
Publishing Date 2011
Language English

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Fergie March 13, 2012 review from Goodreads

I'm probably one of the few people who didn't "get" this book. While I give credit to Tea Obreht for her ingenuity and creativity with the story, I felt at times frustrated by the pace of the the book and the way it wound through the fantastical tales which I found more distracting than entertain...

Stephen August 26, 2011 review from Goodreads

I think it's interesting to look at the literature coming out now that has to do with building a mythology. Is it because of the incredible works of people like Angela Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino and others who have influenced so strongly this generation? Or is it that as we bec...

Chrissie January 25, 2012 review from Goodreads

I cannot recommend this book. I have given it only two stars. I am almost thinking of giving this one star. I will be very specific in listing what disturbed me. Let me mention immediately that those readers who enjoy fantasy novels will enjoy this more than I did. The events are so fantastical t...

Michele October 21, 2011 review from Goodreads

There are some regions of the world that suffer constant wars due to their location at the crossroads of civilizations. The Balkans, like Palestine and Afghanistan, is one of these unhappy places where war is omnipresent. There has not been a generation in Central European/Balkan history that has...

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