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Tigre blanco (Rocabolsillo Ficcion) (Spanish Edition) (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Aravind Adiga

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Title:Tigre blanco (Rocabolsillo Ficcion) (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Aravind Adiga
Info:Roca (2009), Edición: Tra, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:India, humor ironico, realismo social

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Around the halfway point of this book, if you'd asked me what I was going to rate it, I don't think I would have been able to tell you. I found it intriguing in the same way that A Confederacy of Dunces is—you sort of hate the protagonist, but you have to admit he's got an interesting story. Balram's is even more so, because it takes place in India and addresses major philosophical, political, and social issues head-on.

I started out listening to the audiobook, but I didn't love the fact that the narrator was a white British man doing an Indian accent. If I hadn't been able to tell just by listening, that still would have bothered me the way a white man playing an Indian character in a movie bothers me—but I could tell by listening, too. So I picked up the print copy after the first two discs, and I don't know if it's causation or just correlation, but soon after that point I began to find the protagonist much more relatable. The organization of the book is such that current Balram is telling us how he arrived where he is, and current Balram, in the beginning, is arrogant and irritating. For a long time it was difficult for me to reconcile his younger self with the one telling the story, and I was ready to just find him completely unlikable to the end.

But the thing is, the world Balram Halwai lives in is not an okay world. It's a toxic and corrupt world, organized very specifically to keep people in their designated places, even though the ones doing the organizing have no right to be doing it. And as you get to know the world he lives in, you see how he is shaped by that world. You start to wonder if you would have been much different in his place, and that takes just a little bit of the edge off your dislike for him.

In fact, once I reached that point, I couldn't put the book down. I read most of it in about an hour, and when I had to leave for work this morning, I decided to put the audio back in so I wouldn't have to stop. I was ready to ignore my irritation with the narrator's voice—but then, it never came. Was he reading differently, now that certain things in the book had changed? Was I just hearing him differently now that I'd connected more with the character? I don't know. I still would prefer an Indian narrator, but my feeling about that no longer interfered with the story.

It's typical, isn't it? You judge a character from the beginning, thinking that regardless of what's going to happen, the guy's an ass and you don't have to like him. And that's true, you don't have to like him. But then you learn more about him and inevitably, this changes your perception—which is something you should have known in the first place, but pretended you didn't, because it's a lot more satisfying to dislike an obnoxious person than it is to realize you can empathize with them.

This is the first of my POC in 2015 reading theme, and I read it almost by accident; I just needed a new audiobook for the car, and this was one we had at the library. It grew on me almost exponentially while I was reading it, and I think it's continued as I've been writing this review. The more I think about it, the more important it feels to me, and the more I want to think about it. I'm sure now that I'll want to pick up something else by this author, and I'll probably read this one again at some point sooner than you'd think.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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 |
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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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For Ramin Bahrani
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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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