The Waterstone’s 11: The Tiger’s Wife

The Waterstone’s 11 are a list of books by new authors to watch which will be released in the next year. You can read the first chapter of each book on the Waterstone’s website.

This is the second of my mini-reviews. You can find my review of When God was a Rabbit here.

The Tiger’s Wife- Tea Obreht


‘Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days. The tiger did not know that they were bombs…’ A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book. Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery. From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realises he may have died searching for ‘the deathless man’, a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.

Thoughts from Synopsis

I’m immediately put in mind of The Life of Pi, but it does sound ever so slightly more realistic! I loved The Life of Pi so if it is similar that would certainly not be a bad thing!

Thoughts from first chapter

Definitely not The Life of Pi but that is not a bad thing! Some wonderful descriptions, some quite horrible too. I love the way you see the view of the humans and of the tiger. It seems that The Tiger’s Wife may be a bit of a war story in a way- but certainly of the type that I have never encountered before. It does not read as easily as what I read of When God was a Rabbit but is much more descriptive and you get much more feeling from it. I can imagine it could become quite gripping and if the standard of writing stays as it is it could become quite popular with the awards. Certainly one to look out for


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