The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht

The Tiger's Wife

By Téa Obreht

  • Release Date: 2011-03-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 1,016 Ratings



In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Bookand the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

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  • Poor writing, weak story

    By R Kipling
    This reads like a first novel from a below average writer. The writing constantly repeats itself and is full of descriptions that don't add to the story at all. Very poor storytelling.
  • Overrated is an understatement.

    By Pevbles
    I should have known better. I tend not to like Oscar winners and therefore was suspicious of a National Book Award winner. I am not afraid of a meaty, dark book. I loved "Unbroken", "Night Circus", "Double Bind" and "Blindness". I have stuck with books to the end that I was not enjoying. Sometimes happy that I finished it sometimes not. However, with only 40 pages left to go, I actually decided it was not worth finishing. There were so many stories running that clearly there was no way for the author to wrap them up into anything I cared about. It was then that I went to read the reviews and discovered I had made the right decision. Wish I had read the reviews first. I actually put this suggestion in the queue for my book group based on verbal recommendations of 2 people and the book description on the library site. I do regret that I did not read reviews first. Generally I don't like to be swayed and prefer to make a choice based on friend recommendations and an attraction to the book jacket description. It has taken me 4 weeks to get to this point, which is not typical for me. So disapppointed.
  • Very good

    By morgannels
    This was more of a page-turner than I expected. There was the occasional odd word choice, and the variable omniscience of the narrator was sometimes unsettling, but one the whole, this is quite an accomplishment--carefully plotted and expertly drawn.
  • Bored

    By crswalk
    After 8 chapters I couldn't read any more.
  • Sorry

    By Fixitmaam
    While I applaud the efforts and time taken to prepare a manuscript and get it published, I cannot recommend this book except as punishment. Not one of my book club, which includes a wide range of ages, liked this book. The person who suggested it apologized to the rest of us.
  • Depressing

    By Calwickstrom
    Sorry. Do not get the attraction for this book. Jumps around and totally strange-- plus not fun for an animal lover.
  • The Tiger's Wife

    By camuller
    Why do I feel like I've missed something great? I had to plow through the book to finish it. That wasn't so easy to do.
  • TigersWife

    By Daisy7799
    Very hard to grasp. Too many untied strings for me. I was compelled to finish it.
  • Over rated

    By MN2IL
    I don't see what all the hype is about. A strange and boring book with no point.
  • Interesting

    By YK60
    The books has beautiful folk stories but lacks a central grasping piece or character to pull it altogether. It felt unfinished to me but still was a very pleasant read.