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The White Tiger (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Aravind Adiga

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)

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Listened to the first disc on audio. Intended to switch to print but was not sufficiently hooked on the story.
  JennyArch | Feb 10, 2014 |
Good fiction work by Arvind Adiga themed on changing socio-economic fabric in our country. The style of narration mixed with first-person and third-person doesnt make you lose interest. ( )
  ashutosh.kumar | Jan 19, 2014 |
Liked it! ( )
  MandyBrandy | Jan 6, 2014 |
How can you get rich in very short time span ,this book tells you a way a bad one which is only possible in a corrupted country like India. ( )
  Pankaj.Kumar | Dec 20, 2013 |
The theme is the globalization and the urban jungle, about how the collapse of local Eastern values collide with the Western world´s need of cheap workforce (outsourcing). The old leadership have sold out their old values to be able to send their sons and daughters to university in Europe and the USA, and Western companies outsourcing work do not offer welfare schemes to the workers (it is mainly the dropping of all responsibilities that make labour cheap). The People in between are caged - as symbolized with the white tiger - who has to become ferocious, in this story, the tiger becomes a murderer, to escape the slave-excistance he lives under. It is a warning, what will be let loose if the common man is to struggle for a life in surroundings where all human values are gone, all infrastructure, Eastern and Western, are corrupted.

Probably 3 stars is unfair, to low, compared to most books, but the book must be compared to the rich tapestry Salman Rushdie wove in Midnight´s Children, and then it is not. ( )
  Mikalina | Nov 1, 2013 |
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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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