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The White Tiger (2008)

by Aravind Adiga

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Especially liked the audio book version because it was read by someone with a great Indian accent. Subtle humor and not-so-subtle humor were sprinkled throughout amongst very compelling political and human relationship issues. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
A book club selection (mine, in fact). It was OK. I've read other, better books about modern India. However, it did have its good points as far as construction and pacing. I'd give it a B- ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
Booker prize winning book!!! Seriously !!! There wasn't anything in this book to be worth grabbing the booker prize. No substance at all. Give this book a miss and you wont miss anything. ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
3.5 stars - an irreverent story about the clash between rich and poor in modern-day India, in some ways remeniscent of Slumdog Millionaire/Q&A; a good read, definitely different ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
I liked the book. It is a story of a man named Munna and later on known as Balram-another name officially given to him by his school teacher.He struggles his way up to become an entrepreneur. he seemed to be a bright boy as a student. His mother passed on in his childhood. father wanted him to have some education .but had to leave schooling to join a tea shop as a boy who helped in chores.. a mention of a bus conductor is made as a matter of owe -and a statement of success. a man wwho has proper job and that too with uniform ! Later that bus conductor turns into a politician. Mention of landlords of village Laxmangarh and a black fort gives it a flavour originality and authenticity. The narration of how he is called a white tiger is a bit weak. His visit to a zoo to see a white tiger with his nephew Dharam aalso seems concocted -not fitting in the story properly. This tea-shop boy is ambitious and he becomes a chauffeur of a landlords car. The discovery of driver no one -being a muslim and hiding real identity under a false hindu name is very interesting. His hard work and observation of human behaviour is very sharp. The journey of this Munna from LaKSHMANGARH to Delhi is showing development in the character and then the final destination Benglore brings ultimate status of Munna's individuality. His constant addressing the Chinese Primier is irritating. still I found this a good reading. It is winner of Booker Prize -2008. I do not call the struggle due to the caste / It is struggle and friction between the haves and have not s. look at the names . as have not , he is Munna,Balram and then he himself becomes a master and adopts a false name Ashok Sharma.
  Alabala | Jan 21, 2016 |
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It's a thrilling ride through a rising global power; a place where, we learn, the brutality of the modern city is compounded by that of age-old tradition. "In the old days there were one thousand castes and destinies in India," says Balram. "These days there are two castes: Men with Big Bellies, and Men with Small Bellies."
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Aravind Adigaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mr. Premier, Sir. Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.
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“The jails of Delhi are full of drivers who are there behind bars because they are taking the blame for their good, solid middle-class masters. We have left the villages but the masters still own us, bodies, souls, and arse. Yes, that’s right: we all live in one of the world’s greatest democracies. What a fucking joke.”
A rich man's body is like a premium cotton pillow, white and soft and blank. Ours are different. My father's spine was a knotted rope, the kind that women use in villages to pull water from wells; the clavicle curved around his neck in high relief, like a dog's collar; cuts and nicks and scars, like little whip marks in his flesh, ran down his chest and waist, reaching down below his hip bones into his buttocks. The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in sharp pen.
The book of your revolution sits in the pit of your belly, young Indian. Crap it out, and read
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Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his master."The White Tiger" presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking - from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, "The White Tiger" is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator - amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.
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Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life--having nothing but his own wits to help him along.… (more)

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