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READ Ø The Tiger's Wife FREE READ Å LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ò Téa Obreht FBut Natalia is also confronting a private hurtful mystery of her own the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone A famed physician her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel Grief struck and searching for clues to her grandfather’s final state of mind she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child On their weeklytrips to the zoo he would read to her from a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book which he carried with him ev The Tiger s Wife T a ObrehtThe Tiger s Wife is the debut novel of Serbian American writer T a Obreht It was published in 2011 The Tiger s Wife is set in an unnamed Balkan country spanning the mid 20th century to the early 21st century It features a young doctor s relationship with her grandfather and the stories he tells her primarily about the deathless man who meets him several times in different places and never changes and a deaf mute girl from his childhood village who befriends a tiger that has escaped from a zoo 2016 1391 365 9786005941807 1392 1394 21

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READ Ø The Tiger's Wife FREE READ Å LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ò Téa Obreht Erywhere; later he told her stories of his own encounters over many years with “the deathless man” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal and appeared never to age But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her the one Natalia must discover for herself One winter during the Second World War his childhood village was snowbound cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another fierce presence a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness “These stories” Natalia comes to understand “run like secret rivers through all the other stories” of her grandfather’s life And it is ultimately within these rich luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for I was born in Belgrade a few years before the author and unlike her lived there until college graduation throughout the wars and crises of the 1990s I was hoping that this book could tell some authentic stories about my generation and my homeland but after reading it I am disappointed on various levels which I will try to explain in this review MYTHS and RITUALS I start here because this book is mostly advertised as a mythical Balkan novel Some basic concepts the author does get right for example the forty days of the soul do begin on the morning after death I think that nearly all Serbians know this and observe 40 days of the soul most commonly by hiring a priest to perform a short simple singing based service at the cemetery on the 40th day after death In the book Grandma s obsession with other details such as not doing laundry etc seems a little overblown especially since it later gets revealed that this character is actually Muslim so the deaths of her parents and cousins would not have involved such rituals in her hometown as the narrator mentions But considering other issues in the novel this is a relatively minor flaw The gory rituals that the diggers perform in the book bother me a lot This is supposed to be a realistic contemporary part of the story and readers are supposed to believe that peasants would search for bones of a distant cousin in someone s vineyard and that they would wash the bones the cracked dome of the skull wiping down the empty sockets and the crooked lines between the teeth Then they were breaking the thighbones sawing through them with a cleaver so that the body could not walk in death to bring sickness to the living This is supposed to be happening in broad daylight with about a dozen people actively participating and many passers by watching out of curiosity Please The Balkans had their share of trouble but average people haven t grown accustomed to this level of goriness and I ve never heard of anything like wash the bones bring the body leave the hearth behind and can t imagine any of my cousins or friends doing anything but running away in horror at this kind of proposition or a much milder one to be honest FOLKLORE The author tries to use some elements of the Balkan folklore which is a good idea in principle because the region is rich with colorful traditions I just wish she did research and tried to stay true to the real folklore instead of mixing it with other random elements For example there is a story of gusle the traditional instrument and a character who aspires and ultimately fails to become an expert guslar A traditional guslar sings epic songs about courage freedom and loyalty which the character sadly never tells in the book and the author never seriously addresses Instead she introduces two entirely foreign elements the tiger and the deathless man One would be acceptable and I like the tiger better for his role in the story I discuss bellow but two is too much The deathless man feels alien and generic like a lost cousin of Joe Black sent to this novel by some hurried Hollywood producer in an effort to tie together the loose plot treads Disappointing CHARACTERS and PLOT The book is narrated by a young doctor Natalia who we get to know through her fearless search for clues surrounding her grandfather s death and some earlier memories that are mostly defined by her aspiration for proper medical education in her troubled hometown I haven t connected with this character at all even thought I am supposed to be of her age and background and actually have friends who are young doctors in Belgrade But there is no emotion that rings true and very few stories seem plausible For example she thinks it s necessary that the University provides one corpse a week per student for educational purposes on the second year of pre med and responds to the lack of such resources by taking a trip to a Romanian human skull counterfeiter Come on Thankfully Natalia is not the main character and her grandfather is a little interesting in my mind mostly because of the compassionate episode with the tiger and his wife Their unusual relationship is actually the bright point of this novel But the mystery surrounding his death turns into another disappointment and the real reason for his trip to Zdrevkov ultimately doesn t make much sense As for the plot at one point I was hopeful that everything might come together nicely and was almost going to swallow the gruesome diggers for I imagined they might be necessary to reveal the central uestion about grandfather s death But it turns out that all the narrator really needs to answer this uestion is between her old memories and the bag she retrieves pretty early on her journey so for the entire second half of the book her present actions contribute only to illuminating the grim side story of the village she is staying in Argh SETTING The narrator lives in The City with two rivers one of which is The Danube the Zoo at the old citadel and people who eat burek and drink rakija So why not just call it Belgrade If she really wanted to make it vaguer she could have omitted at least one river and left the other one unnamed With the details provided I have to call it Belgrade nothing else makes sense So the narrator is in Belgrade at the beginning of the first recent major war that would be 1992 and the Administration has enforced the curfew and the teenagers are protesting in their cars and the hardest thing to find is foreign music In reality as far as I know there was no memorable curfew and no teenagers drove cars the legal driving age was 18 and the gas was mighty expensive so there was hardly any traffic in the city and media piracy blossomed so music was the cheapest thing to find Should I go on CONCLUSION Tea Obreht is a talented writer with some knowledge of the Balkans This could have been an interesting book had the author done research and tried to stay true to authentic and less sensational elements As written the book is a mix of truths and misconceptions which in my opinion succeeds in making an average reader very confused and a knowledgeable reader uite irritated in the end And the big message is That the Balkans are sad and tragic and that desperate people resort to personal and collective myths in order to deal with harsh realities 350 pages to learn this The good news is that the Balkans are less grim and dimensional than this novel suggests and I hope that one day someone manages to capture that in some better book دیدار فرهی و فتوحات آخرالزمانی just wish she did research and tried to stay true to the real folklore instead of mixing it with other random elements For example there is a story of gusle the traditional instrument and a character who aspires and ultimately fails to become an expert guslar A traditional guslar sings epic songs about courage freedom and loyalty which the character sadly never tells in the book and the author never seriously addresses Instead she introduces two entirely foreign elements the tiger and the deathless man One would be acceptable and I like the tiger better for his role in the story I discuss bellow but two is too much The deathless man feels alien and generic like a lost cousin of Joe Black sent to this novel by some hurried Hollywood producer in an effort to tie together the loose plot treads Disappointing CHARACTERS and PLOT The book is narrated by a young doctor Natalia who we get to know through her fearless search for clues surrounding her grandfather s death and some earlier memories that are mostly defined by her aspiration for proper medical education in her troubled hometown I haven t connected with this character at all even thought I am supposed to be of her age and background and actually have friends who are young doctors in Belgrade But there is no emotion that rings true and very few stories seem plausible For example she thinks it s necessary that the University provides one corpse a week per student for educational purposes on the second year of pre med and responds to the lack of such resources by taking a trip to a Romanian human skull counterfeiter Come on Thankfully Natalia is not the main character and her grandfather is a little interesting in my mind mostly because of the compassionate episode with the tiger and his wife Their unusual relationship is actually the bright point of this novel But the mystery surrounding his death turns into another disappointment and the real reason for his trip to Zdrevkov ultimately doesn t make much sense As for the plot at one point I was hopeful that everything might come together nicely and was almost going to swallow the gruesome diggers for I imagined they might be necessary to reveal the central uestion about grandfather s death But it turns out that all the narrator really needs to answer this uestion is between her old memories and the bag she retrieves pretty early on her ماجرای فرار ارتشبد قره باغی journey so for the entire second half of the book her present actions contribute only to illuminating the grim side story of the village she is staying in Argh SETTING The narrator lives in The City with two rivers one of which is The Danube the Zoo at the old citadel and people who eat burek and drink rakija So why not قصة الأمير حمزة البهلوان just call it Belgrade If she really wanted to make it vaguer she could have omitted at least one river and left the other one unnamed With the details provided I have to call it Belgrade nothing else makes sense So the narrator is in Belgrade at the beginning of the first recent major war that would be 1992 and the Administration has enforced the curfew and the teenagers are protesting in their cars and the hardest thing to find is foreign music In reality as far as I know there was no memorable curfew and no teenagers drove cars the legal driving age was 18 and the gas was mighty expensive so there was hardly any traffic in the city and media piracy blossomed so music was the cheapest thing to find Should I go on CONCLUSION Tea Obreht is a talented writer with some knowledge of the Balkans This could have been an interesting book had the author done research and tried to stay true to authentic and less sensational elements As written the book is a mix of truths and misconceptions which in my opinion succeeds in making an average reader very confused and a knowledgeable reader uite irritated in the end And the big message is That the Balkans are sad and tragic and that desperate people resort to personal and collective myths in order to deal with harsh realities 350 pages to learn this The good news is that the Balkans are less grim and dimensional than this novel suggests and I hope that one day someone manages to capture that in some better book

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READ Ø The Tiger's Wife FREE READ Å LABMEDNEWS.XYZ ò Téa Obreht Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend loss and love Téa Obreht the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant original authors of her generationIn a Balkan country mending from years of conflict Natalia a young doctor arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there she feels age old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards Secrets hidden in the landscape itsel I m probably one of the few people who didn t get this book While I give credit to Tea Obreht for her ingenuity and creativity with the story I felt at times frustrated by the pace of the the book and the way it wound through the fantastical tales which I found distracting than entertaining or enlightening in its detour from the main story I kept wanting to care about the main character Natalia and the relationship she shared with her grandfather but felt Obreht kept me hanging and disappointed It seems the book began with the promise that there would be resolution and understanding but the way Obreht went about it through outlandish stories told by the grandfather about other people seemed in the end to me frustrating I kept wanting to like the book but never discovered the pull necessary to keep me wanting to read At times I felt that I was reading Gabriel Garcia Maruez another author who like Obreht does not write for readers like me I m sure there is a reason the book is so esteemed and widely read but ultimately I am comfortable saying that I didn t uite get the appeal


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