Sidharth Vardhan

Man Tiger – a review

(A review ofMan Tiger, a novel by Eka Kurniawn,long listed for International Booker in 2016First written on November 20, 2017) Even if you leave alone magical realism, there is a hint of Marquez in this author’s prose. If that doesn’t sell the book, I don’t know what will. Just look at this: “After two days in the hospital, Komar asked to be taken home and said firmly to Mameh, “Don’t call for any more doctors. I’m healthy enough to wait for my grave to be dug.” Eka Kuniawan (Man Tiger) “The city government was said to have given him a plot of land in the heroes’ cemetery as a reward for his service, something he described as an invitation to die quickly.” Eka Kuniawan (Man Tiger) The references to classics and mythological tales celebrate storytelling traditions. In fact, the story itself is a retelling of an ancient myth. The story itself, told in a non-linear manner and from a shifting point of view, though is very simple – that of two dysfunctional families. The tiger seemed to me no more than symbol of repressed anger of a kid over domestic violence (child becomes tiger the way Bruce becomes hulk) and mistreatment

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