Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Thoughts: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
The story starts out with Natalia and her grandfather visiting the local zoo to see the tigers. The dustpan man's arm lands in the tiger's mouth, which is only a hint on a tiger's role later in the novel. Two different myths draw through the book: the myth of the tiger's wife and second the myth of the deathless man both adding to the magical realism genre in which this book belongs.
What stays most with me are Obreht's descriptions of war, "Those first sixteen months of wartime held almost no reality, and this made them irresistible... Never mind that, three hundred miles away, girls sitting in bomb shelters were getting their periods at the age of seven." Reading the book certainly feels like Obreht describing her everyday surroundings but mind you she left former Yugoslavia when she was only seven. I'd definitely pick up another book by her.