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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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The White Tiger (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Aravind Adiga

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Title:The White Tiger
Authors:Aravind Adiga
Info:Atlantic Books (2009), Paperback, 336 pages
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)

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The dark side of the Indian economic boom. Fascinating main character, if you can get past his nastiness. Lots of issues to ponder. A great discussion book for an asian history or anthro class. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Intensive, frightening, funny and exceptionally interesting book. Such a strong perspective and voice by the main character, who is such a mixed-bag. An excellent, compelling and thought-provoking read. ( )
1 vote WendyLbird | Mar 3, 2019 |
Surprisingly taut and captivating, especially given its slangy torrent. Shielding few unexpected curves, the narrative was still engaging and the plight depicted didn't loosen its grip. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Great look at class issues in India. Read it if you want to look beyond the usual Indian diaspora fiction of Jhumpa Lahiri type tripe. ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
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Very dark but also funny. It chronicles Balram's rise from a desperately poor village to wealth and prosperity in Bangalore, via a period as a chauffeur in Delhi working for a rich man from his local village. It's a vivid account of an India where the old ways are breaking down, and new money and urbanisation are creating their own rules. Balram is rather a sympathetic rogue, who commits murder and colludes in other deaths to ensure his own path to the top. The story is framed as a letter to Chinese leader Wen Jiabao, warning him about what India is really like. I don't have enough knowledge of India to critique it, but it was well worth the ride. ( )
  nwhyte | Jan 29, 2019 |
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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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