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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780385343848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385343848
  • ASIN: 0385343841
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sylvie g. on Aug. 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
I chose this book after having read some stellar reviews; I was expecting an intriguing tale of characters, politics and mythology. This is in fact what I experienced, but in too great detail, i.e. I felt that there were too many characters introduced, and each had an extensive background; your questions to their demise were never quite explained, and left you wondering. I did enjoy the tiger motif and the "deathless man" vinnettes. Altogether, a book that spellbinds, but only if you've got the patience to fall into it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sheila Ann Mason on May 19 2011
Enter into a world of people, and one tiger, whose lives are disrupted by the kind of war that tears apart the fabric of social relations. The details of this story grip the heart while leading you into places that, as a privileged North American, I have not had to endure. Enter a time and a place where Muslims and Eastern Europeans had worked out a 'modus vivendi' with rich results. Then observe the senselessness of war tearing it all apart. The brilliance of this writing is that you do not fall into depression while reading of human folly, superstition and madness. Reminded me of the highly imaginative story telling in Yan Martel's The Life of Pi, also with a Tiger deeply integrated into the story. I learned a good deal about life in a tiny remote village in former Yogoslavia, and about the strange loves and miseries of the human heart. I went on to read about present day Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, and feel hope that Muslims have a chance of being integrated more comfortably into the lives of non-Muslims in the Western world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By no_name on Dec 8 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one of the few books I couldn't finish. Mediocre writing at least. Symbolism and mystery? Not my taste.
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What an unusual book. I love the interconnected stories and fables. The writing is wonderful, descriptions were memorable. This book is great for discussion in literature class or book clubs. I will treasure this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great book.
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By John T C TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2014
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The one thing I like about The Tiger's Wife is that it is a beautifully written book. In fact, it is mesmerizing. I am awed by the creative mind of the author. Besides, it is a first book. It provides a fascinating insight into the Balkans and the myths or superstitions that abound there. The author conveys the deep message behind the story, which explains not only the resilience of the area but also the ravages that it has been subjected to throughout its turbulent history. Tea moved from the present to the past in an effortless manner, crafting characters that are both imposing and colorful.

The way the real and the mythical are blended together in this story written by its promising author reminds me of Disciples of Fortune, Gone Girl. The plot in this story is brilliant and the setting carries the day. The Balkans is a puzzling part of Europe. The writing itself is excellent. This is a book to read again.
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Acclaimed for her short fiction by The New Yorker as a member of its twenty best American fiction writers under the age of forty list, Tea Obreht inserts magical realism into a compelling, often mesmerizing, tale spanning generations and decades, covering the centuries-old war-torn landscape of the Balkans in her compelling debut novel, "The Tiger's Wife", among the most notable debut novels published in recent years. This is a superb novel demonstrating her excellent gifts for writing descriptive prose rich in imagery both real and fantastical, coupled with memorable storytelling that may be the best recent novel describing the Balkans' violent 20th Century history of ethnic cleansing; first during World War II, and then, decades later, the genocidal conflicts marking the collapse of Yugoslavia. When a young doctor, Natalia, arrives with her lifelong friend Zora at an orphanage overlooking the sea, she begins feeling emotionally pulled by secrets haunting her family history and of the landscape itself. Disturbed by recentnews of her grandfather's death, she wonders why despite his grave illness he travels to a remote town. A celebrated physician, she remembers childhood visits to her hometown zoo with him, spellbound by tales she has read in his copy of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". She recalls tales of his meetings with a "deathless man", with someone who doesn't age, possessed with eternal youth. And yet, most miraculous of all, she recounts vintage World War II tales about an escaped zoo tiger hiding within a forest near a remote village, perceived by its inhabitants as an animal possessed with magical qualities bordering on demonic sorcery.Read more ›
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