Thursday, April 5, 2012

AlphabeThursday - The Tiger's Wife

adopt a tiger at the World Wildlife Fund
I highly recommend a novel that I recently read for my book club, called The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht.  The author is originally from the Balkans (in the former Yugoslavia) and that is where the story takes place.  It's been a little while now since I've read fiction and I totally enjoyed myself.  The imagery and storytelling is beautiful and kept me engaged.  Other major themes of the book include family, death, animals and myth.

As most of you know, I love storytelling.  Tea's main characters are a young doctor named Natalia and her grandfather, who has recently died.  Both have voices in the book, but it isn't confusing at all, traveling back and forth through time.  Natalia crosses the border to care for some children in an orphanage with a friend, another doctor.  Her grandfather used to live in the area she is visiting and she remembers the stories he has told her, which we get to hear.  In the introduction Tea says: "I began writing the novel shortly after my own grandfather had died.  In a way it was very therapeutic for me to be given room to think about death in this fictional way and to use fable to discuss it." 

The Tiger's Wife takes place in the 20th century, so we also hear about the unrest in the Balkans from someone who was from the area (she is now a U.S. citizen).  In the story, life is hard and can be a little sad at times, but not too gory.  The book made me curious about the regional folk tales; I’d be interested in reading more about them.  

I bought my book through Amazon, like I usually do.  It was on the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2011 and was selected as one of the ten best books last year by the NYTimes Book Review.  Tea received the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 (women's writing throughout the world) and was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Good for her - she looks so young!  I'm looking forward to more of her writings. 



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12 comments:

Cathy Kennedy said...

Cool artwork, as usual and an interesting review on a new book. I'm not much into novels, but I hope to find my groove into adult literature one day soon. Thanks for linking up!

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Esther Joy said...

When I saw your title I thought maybe the book was going to be about Tiger Woods! LOL!

Nancy said...

Sounds like a great book...maybe up my alley. I love reading fiction that explores a bit of history in other cultures too.

Sue said...

This one sounds like a keeper!

=)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great page and it sounds like a very interesting book!

Gattina said...

I don't like reading fiction I prefer more realistic books, fortunately we don't have all the same taste,lol !

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love fiction that teaches us something about other cultures or history!


I'll definitely look for this one...

Erika said...

Well, I am glad I am not the only one to think you were going to talk about a golfer. I like tigers (the animals) and how you created your journal page.

anitamombanita said...

I don't read much fiction, but the book sounds interesting. Love your journal page, as always!

jfb57 said...

You have certainly whetted my appetite for this one. Many thanks!

Leovi said...

A very interesting book, thanks, I do not know.

Kathleen said...

Great review - thanks for sharing.

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