Friday, May 1, 2020

Book Beginnings: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht


It's a new month and a new start for Book Beginnings. I've also remodeled Rose City Reader, as you can see!  

The blog needed freshening up, after 12 years. So the green is gone, along with the pink trim. I wanted a nice modern, fresh look. So I painted the walls white. What do you think?

Book Beginnings is also looking different today. The "official rules" section is gone. The idea of this weekly event is easy. Post the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading on whatever platform you like and link it below or leave a comment. Read the details here

My Book Beginning posts haven't been showing up in my google analytics and I can only think it's because the content looks too similar week to week. So no more posting the same instructions section every week. 

With explanations over, here is . . .

MY BOOK BEGINNING



The forty days of the soul begin on the morning after death.

-- The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. I didn't read this when it came out about ten years ago, even though it was hugely popular. Now I love it. I'm reading it with my ears because I'm finding audiobooks easier to concentrate on these days. How about you?

One reason I didn't read this earlier is because I get The Tiger's Wife confused with Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. That memoir about "raising children the Chinese way" sounds interesting but not something that resonates with this childless 50-something. The Tiger's Wife is a novel about a young doctor, Natalie, in an unnamed Balkan country recovering from a civil war. She is recovering from the death of her grandfather and and unraveling the mystery of his death.


YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




THE FRIDAY 56

Freda's Voice hosts The Friday 56, is a natural tie in with Book Beginnings. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


MY FRIDAY 56

"The story of this war – dates, names, who started it, why – that belongs to everyone. Not just the people involved in it, but the people who write newspapers, politicians thousands of miles away, people who've never even been here or heard of it before."


14 comments :

  1. I read the book INLAND by Obrehtand was blown away by it. I understand that this is the book that got her started. I should add it to my TBR. Enjoy. My Friday quotes

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    1. I want to read more of her books, I like this one so much. I will come visit your post. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  2. Love the clean look of your blog!! I added you to the linky but hope you will still come by. Happy weekend, stay safe!

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    1. Thanks Freda! Yes, I stopped by earlier to update my links. But I will come by again and leave a comment this time!

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  3. The new look is great! I keep thinking I should do something to modernize my blog too, but I'm really lazy. The Tiger's Wife sounds like a good read - I've already got it on my TBR list. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks Joy! Your blog has always looked fresh and clean, so has gone through the years looking modern. You were ahead of the game!

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  4. Love the new look. Great that you looked at Google Analytics, too. I revamped my writer's website recently, but haven't touched the blog in eons. You've inspired me to give it a shot.

    Can certainly understand the confusion between Tiger's Wife and Tiger Mom. I heard a review recently how the documentary Tiger King has overshadowed the release of the vastly different movie, Tigertail.

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    1. Thank you! I can't say I understand Analytics, but I'm trying to figure it out!

      What is Tigertail? I'll have to go look. Tiger King is eight evenings of my life I wish I had back!!

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  5. One of the books of my never-ending TBR list! I like the opening line, I've seen this tradition often mentioned.

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    1. I am all but finished and I liked it to the end. Not what I expected, but excellent storytelling.

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  6. Nice spruce up...looks great!

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  7. I like the quotes, especially the beginning. Enjoy your current read!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'll come visit.

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