yep...I hate this book. It makes me angry that there are these lame excuses for the actions of some of the characters of this book. There is always a choice, be brave or a coward. I felt that most of the characters were cowards, examples: luka, Natalia (only because she used the excuse of the war for her rebellion (not saying she's a bad person for that, just it annoyed me)) and kasim/apothecary, not to the same degree but all guilty of it. I did like the incorporation of karma but once she dies, I hate the book and it doesn't seem like enough justice. I can't stand what all happened to her. I always think what if that was me, if I had to live that life. I don't understand why she had to die what was the symbolism. I thought the tiger was her protector. I did however like the story of the dealthless man very much but being only a small portion it didn't makeup for the rest.
ughh...ok so I'm writing this review after the first because I want to explain myself and my dislike for this book a little better not in a childish rant So here I go....The story is centered around her grandfathers life: the past (the tigers wife), the present (his family aka Natalia's part in it, and the future (the deathless man). To me this was about family, death, and most importantly fear. The only reason I dislike this story so much is that the tiger's wife dies other wise I would have given this 3 stars. It is well written and enlightening, but annoying at the same time, which is why it took me four days to finish, it was one of those books I had to force myself to finish. Why did the tiger wife story bother me so much? Let me explain, you see I consider her younger grandfather, a boy at the time the story takes place and the only one not plagued by fear, more a grown up than any other person in that village (the good/the protector/hope/"batman") , to represent the innocent people in a war they do not wish to be involved (societys or the governments), the ones who are not on a side but show compassion to anyone, no matter what side they happen to live on or appear to be. They are not bias on a location or physical form but the human beings themselves (inside). Because they understand we all eat, breath, live, die, and feel emotion, all the same. They do not listen to the poison other people have to spout about someone and instead find out first hand what is what. They realize that the roles could easily have been reversed, they could have been born that other person instead (the ridiculed/shunned based sometimes on a simple act of jealousy) , and in the opposite position. So the only reasonable question they will ask themselves is what is the right thing to do?...And there answer will be simple: to be brave, do the right thing, not thinking what will happen to them but thinking of the other. They realize no matter what opinion has been forced upon them based on prejudice on color, location, or anything else of the like, and not the person inside, is wrong. So they will help the helpless. The tigers wife she represents the struggle. The judgments people make based on nothing substantial really- gossip, superstition, and fear. The pettiness of people to abuse another. The town, they represent the ugly. The bittness, the superstition, the fear, the prejudice, the pride, aka the bad. So when she died it was as if hope died as well. The fight they had taken on together was lost. The hero failed. So as some got hope out of this story, I got hopelessness and this is what I don't like about it.
So, I was thinking about this book again. I can see why critical thinkers would find this to be one of their favorites. There are only three parts of this book I still can't fully wrap my head around. I should of re-read the parts with the taxidermist and apothecary, but at that point, I just wanted to be done. I don't really understand their significance and I just know I'm missing something. The third thing, what exactly is the tiger supposed to represent. I read somewhere that someone felt the tiger was truth. At first, I agreed and thought, yah, but the more I thought about it, the more it didn't seem right. Then, I thought the tiger represent life but that didn't sit right either. The tiger did technically kill the taxidermist, so, that basically seemed like a no go. And then finally it came to me. I feel the tiger represents justice. Maybe not directly by his jaws, but in around about way.