The Tiger's Wife (Paperback)
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Description'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.
- Published: 01 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780753827406 ISBN 10: 0753827409
- Sales rank: 2,100
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Reviews for The Tiger's Wife
The Tigers Wife
This book is beautifully written by a very talented young writer. I heard her reading the prologue at the Sydney Writers Festival and just had to buy the book. Whilst the writing was delicious the story itself was somewhat disjointed and uninteresting. A triumph of style over content. I look forward to more from this without as she matures. by Judith Riseley
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the Tigers Wife,winner of the Orange prize for fiction
This is quite a strange book to describe, Natalia's grandfather has just died suddenly and she is remembering him. I found it quite disjointed a lot of the time, with the story jumping from Natalias journeys through an imagined place in the Balkans on a medical relief team vaccinating children in orphanages, to tales that her grandfather used to tell her when she was a child.
The writing is very good with lovely descriptions of people and places and I really enjoyed the tales of " The Deathless man" and "Darisa the bear", hunting for the Tiger, but it wasn't a book I could say I really understood! I think it is a story that would really need to be read a time or two to realise the symbolism that I think is there, but that I haven't understood yet! by Penny Cunningham