The Tiger’s Wife (migrated from bookblogger)

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what this book is about.  Yes, I read it.  Yes, I even finished it, although I’m not sure why.  There is a thread about a young woman who is a doctor who is going on a mission with her friend to immunize children in an orphanage somewhere in the Balkans, just as she learns of her grandfather’s death.  There is a thread of her grandfather’s story about his experience in a small village where a tiger has taken over the imaginations and fears of almost everyone in the village.  And there is a “deathless man” who ties them together.

But the story is told in a torturously circuitous way, with side stories and descriptions that are both detailed and vague.  The connections between the various loops are often lost in the details and I found myself not caring enough to sew them together.

Perhaps now that I’ve finished the book I understand the whole of it, but there were more times than I care to admit that I almost did not bother to finish the book.  I’m not sure if that reflects more on me than the book??

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