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Monday, September 12, 2016

#59 - The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht

Title:  The Tiger’s Wife
Author:   Tea Obreht
Read by:  Susan Duerden and Robin Sachs
Genre: Literature
Category: Fiction
Rating:  B
Published:  2011
Dates:   8/25/16 – 9/12/16

This is an amazing fairy tale full of enchantment and symbolism, told by Tea Obreht, story-teller extraordinaire.   From the back cover – “In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage.  By the time she begins to inoculate the children, she feels age-old secrets gathering everywhere around her.  But Natalia is also confronting a private mystery: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her grandfather’s recent death.  He set off for a 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.”
The stories he told her when she was a child come tumbling back to her.  The Tiger, the Bear, the Deathless Man, her grandfather’s book, The Jungle Book – all are so compelling.  While I don’t claim to understand much about what these symbols represent just hearing them read is enough.

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