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??