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  • Taschenbuch: 112 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK (3. Januar 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007439237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007439232
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1 x 19,7 cm
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Andrew Kaufman was born in Wingham, Ontario. His first novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes, was a cult hit. He is also the author of The Waterproof Bible, The Tiny Wife and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence. Kaufman is also a film-maker and radio producer. He, for now, lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bira am 24. Oktober 2012
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Bei einem Banküberfall wird den anwesenden Personen das wertvollste genommen, was sie bei sich tragen. Gemeint ist aber nicht Gold oder Geld sondern Erinnerungsstücke. Allen Beteiligten widerfahren im Anschluss tlw. grausame Dinge - eine Frau wird z.B. von einem Tiger zu Tode gejagt, und die Frau des Erzählers schrumpft - jeden Tag ein Stück. Gibt es eine Möglichkeit, den Prozess aufzuhalten oder werden der Ehemann und der kleine Sohn zusehen müssen, wie Mama eines Tages ganz weg ist?

Diese Geschichte ist skurril und irgendwie verstörend, trotzdem bereue ich es nicht, sie gelesen zu haben, denn sie ist einzigartig und lässt einen überlegen, was einem selbst das Wichtigste im Leben ist.
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A whimsical delight 5. August 2013
Von Judy Croome - Veröffentlicht auf
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Subtle and imaginative, this short book is a magical tale of how we are each responsible for our own pain and suffering. Thirteen bank customers get an item of sentimental value stolen by a bizarre and rather likeable thief. He sets them a deadline to recover that stolen piece of their souls ... or else they'll die.

The main character is the narrator's wife, who starts to shrink and shrink. We also find out what happens to the other 12 in the bank and, in doing so, we're gently taught that it's only when we find the courage to face our deepest fears behind the illusions of our lives that we can find happiness.

Approachable, entertaining and very funny, this is a terrific book to read.
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Tiny book, but worth the price. 21. April 2012
Von JSC - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had to go through a lot of trouble to buy this book. At the time, I wasn't able to purchase it through, or, so I had to go to The Book Depository website and buy the hardcover. When I received it in the mail, I have to admit that my first reaction was dismay at how "tiny" the book was. I was a little annoyed. I thought I was buying a full-length novel, not a novella. But, after reading it, I wonder if this wasn't done on purpose? I "get" why it is so small--in length as well as physical size. Maybe it wasn't intentional, but I prefer to think it was and, therefore, my irritation is diminished. (Please *don't* excuse the pun.) And, now, when I see it among the 6x9's on my bookshelf, it makes me smile.

The Tiny Wife begins as a flamboyant thief, wearing a purple-feathered hat, walks into a bank and demands the most sentimental object from each of his victims. After the robbery is complete, he claims he has taken 51% of their souls, and they must fight to get it back, or else they will die. An explanation is never given for what motivates the thief to interfere with their lives. He's like a Bizarro World Robin Hood, stealing parts of souls to make them whole again.

While the thief reminded me of Robin Hood, the overall theme of the book reminded me of The Wizard of Oz. In that novel, everyone yearns for something they already have: intelligence, compassion, courage, the love of family. In The Tiny Wife, the characters are not living up to their potential, not facing their demons. Going through life with less than half their souls, even if they don't realize it. The thief forces them to either you-know-what or get off the pot. Find a way to get your soul back--or die.

The effect of the theft is different for each of the victims. I won't go into a lot of detail but one manifestation is that a girl's lion tattoo comes to life and chases her for days. And, of course, some of the victims never figure out how to get their souls back.

The heart of the novel is the story of the narrator--the husband of one of the victims. The object his wife gave the thief was a calculator. She had calculated every significant event of their lives with it--from the date of their child's birth to the amount of their mortgage. They are having marital problems, he feeling he has to "carry" her, and she is feeling "diminished."

One day, the wife discovers that she is shrinking in precise increments. Even without her calculator, she predicts how long it will take for her to disappear altogether. She keeps this to herself, but her husband and son watch as she gets tinier every day.

At one point, the thief says to the husband:

"Perhaps one of the hardest things about having kids is realizing that you love them more than your wife. That it's possible to love someone more than your wife. What's worse is that it's a love you don't have to work for. It's just there, indestructible, getting stronger and stronger. While the love of your wife, the one you do have to work at, and work so very hard at, gets nothing. Gets neglected, left to fend for itself. Like a houseplant forgotten on the windowsill."

Ultimately, this novel is about a couple rekindling their love for one another, but the individual stories of each of the victims are tiny parables all their own.

The Tiny Wife is heartbreaking, heartwarming, thought provoking, and quirky. And worth the price.

And it seems I've written quite a lot for such a tiny book.
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For Whimsy Lovers! 12. April 2012
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This book is small but perfectly formed.

This reminded me of the children's books 'Flat Stanley'. In this, the wife is shrinking and there isn't panic and hysterics and tears but rather resignation and continuing as normal with an added obstacle to daily life. In Flat Stanley, Stanley's flatness is an inconvenience rather than a cause for wonder and panic as you would expect. I love this style, it is very fairy-tale esque, with a hidden message at the centre which you just have to dig a little to discover.
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Perfect 5. März 2013
Von Lincs Reader - Veröffentlicht auf
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Very small, but oh so beautifully formed. The Tiny Wife is really a novella at 88 pages and it is very easy to read the whole book in just one sitting, in fact I expect anyone who picks this up will not put it down again until they have read to the very last line. Beautifully presented in a gorgeous little hardback volume - very similar to the Ladybird books that we all know and love from our childhood, and illustrated expertly with silhouette drawings by the very talented Tom Percival.
An astounding story that really amazed me, and yes it can be classed as magical realism, and yes, that's a genre that I usually steer well clear from, but this novel really worked it's magic on me.
So very short, but perfectly put together, not one extra word would be needed and not one word is wasted.

Is it a love story? Is it a warning? Is is a fable, or is it just fantasy? Take a couple of hours out, settle yourself down and read it for yourself - you really won't regret it.
The robbery was not without consequences. The consequences were the point of the robbery. It was never about money 16. November 2013
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A robber holds up Branch 117 of the British Bank of North America in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There were 13 people inside when the thief entered. The thief wore a flamboyant purple hat and brandished a handgun.

"I demand only one thing from each of you and it is this: the item currently in your possession which holds the most sentimental value."

Each of the 13 handed over their most significant, memory-laden, sentimental object; watches, diamond earrings, a calculator, photographs, a dog-eared copy of The Stranger, a paystub, an ornate door key and so on. When he'd collected an item from everyone in the room, the thief declared:

"It has come to my attention that the vast majoirty of you, if you even believe you have a soul, believe it sits inside you like a brick of gold.

But I'm here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Your soul is a living, breathing, organic thing. No different than your heart or your legs. And just like your heart keeps your blood oxygenated and your legs keep you moving around, your soul gives you the ability to do amazing, beautiful things. But it is a strange machine, needing to be rejuvenated. Normally, this happens simply by the doing of these things, like a car battery recharging by driving.

When I leave here, I will be taking 51 percent of your souls with me. This will have strange and bizarre consequences in your lives. But more importantly, and I mean this quite literally, learn how to grow them back, or you will die."

After the robbery strange things start to happen to the victims. A lion tattoo leaps off the owner's leg and proceeds to chase her across the city, another's husband turns into a snowman, yet another wakes up to find herself made of candy and a little baby begins to fill its nappy with cash. The wife referred to in the title wakes each morning to discover she is shrinking by ever-increasing increments. If she doesn't figure out a way to repair her soul she will completely disappear before the month is through.

Part modern fairy tale, part fantasy, I thoroughly enjoyed this little fable and lost myself in the quirky tales of how the different characters were affected by the robbery. It is immensely creative, imaginative, charming and endearing. It is most definitely about the things we value most, the fears that can stop us from achieving our goals and the path of relationships over time; of souls diminished and love replenished.

The Tiny Wife is a pure gem of a story. It is heart-wrenchingly, soul-clenchingly good; so much so that I immediately purchased all of Andrew Kaufman's books.
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