2016/05/21

BOOK REVIEW:
MAN TIGER BY EKA KURNIAWAN

Title: Man Tiger
Author: Eka Kurniawan, Labodalih Sembiring (translator)
Published: 2004
Language: English (translated from Indonesian)
Pages: 172
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
In a small village by the Indian Ocean, we follow a young man, his family and the people of the village before and during a tragedy.


Review:
I was super excited to read this book when I first got it and I was happy to discover my expectations were met.

This was a great little read. It has a bit of a strange rhythm to it that takes a while to get used to, but when you do, it's fantastic. It's one of those stories where you're presented with a situation and you have an idea about why or how the characters got there, and then, throughout the book, the truth surfaces. And it does this well.

Although not the most prominent of the story, I really enjoyed the magical realism elements. I also enjoyed, perhaps the most, the characters. The writing really pulls you into the story and makes you feel alongside these people who could very much be real.

For a rather short book, this sure packs a punch. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this author, because I would love to read more. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy stories about people with a little bit of a magical tiger in it...

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