A book review from The Movie Snob.
The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht (2011). This novel made a decent splash when it came out. Unfortunately, I read it during a rather turbulent time in my life, so I couldn’t pay it as much attention as I usually do the books I read. Still, I liked it well enough. The first-person narrator is a young female doctor in an unnamed Balkan country in the aftermath of the wars following the break-up of Yugoslavia. Although some of the novel is set in the present day, a lot of it consists of stories about the narrator’s grandfather, also a doctor. Some are stories about his childhood and others are about his adult life, particularly his several encounters with a mysterious figure called The Deathless Man. The superstitions of the Balkan villagers are well and interestingly portrayed. Definitely worth a read.