Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Aravind Adiga

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
7,147350499 (3.78)626
Title:The White Tiger
Authors:Aravind Adiga
Info:Atlantic Books (2009), Paperback
Collections:Your library

Work details

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)

  1. 112
    Q & A by Vikas Swarup (VaterOlsen, 2810michael)
  2. 73
    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (jtho)
    jtho: Another great story set in India that shows us both the seedy sides and the beauty.
  3. 51
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: I happened to be reading this YA title simultaneously, and was surprised/pleased to find that the two books went together quite well. Similarly charismatic narrator and several of the same themes.
  4. 30
    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both novels look at the dire side of life in India, and both are very well written.
  5. 30
    The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (Cecilturtle)
  6. 31
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (wonderlake)
    wonderlake: First-person narratives of growing disenchantment
  7. 20
    Reef by Romesh Gunesekera (SqueakyChu, chrisharpe)
    SqueakyChu: Another book, this one much quieter, about a man's desire to move up in society.
  8. 10
    A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Amusing Rogue protagonists
  9. 54
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (infiniteletters)
  10. 10
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (chrisharpe)
  11. 21
    Native Son by Richard Wright (Miss-Owl)
  12. 00
    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These evocative novels discuss the social inequities and corruption endemic to modern India. Their complex characters and strong sense of place provide thought-provoking ways to understand the current state of the subcontinent, even as they tell about individual lives.… (more)
  13. 11
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists
  14. 00
    Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Amusing Rogue protagonists
  15. 00
    The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (mcenroeucsb)
  16. 00
    The African Safari Papers by Robert Sedlack (mcenroeucsb)
  17. 11
    A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (Anonymous user)
  18. 11
    Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh (Clara53)
  19. 00
    Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Modern India in a nutshell. Adiga is an accomplished writer.
  20. 00
    The Taker And Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca (gonzobrarian)

(see all 25 recommendations)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 626 mentions

English (324)  Dutch (7)  French (4)  German (3)  Spanish (3)  Catalan (2)  Danish (1)  Norwegian (1)  Portuguese (1)  Hebrew (1)  Italian (1)  Lithuanian (1)  Swedish (1)  All (350)
Showing 1-5 of 324 (next | show all)
I really enjoyed listening to this book.

I liked the accent the narrator used.

It was very interesting, yet sad to hear about the horrible poverty and corruption in India. It sad to see how their customs and beliefs make their lives so hard. ( )
  nx74defiant | Nov 27, 2016 |
Around the World in Books Challenge: India

This book was recommended to me by a friend in my class who grew up in India. He said it was a great representation of modern India and I'll take his word for that.

It was interesting in a somewhat horrifying way. There was so much corruption and injustice. The family complexities were interesting to me - that a whole family would be killed for the wrong-doing of one member. And the idea of the "Rooster Coop" was thought-provoking. I look forward to discussing the many aspects of this book with my friend when I see him next. ( )
  K3ndra28 | Nov 15, 2016 |
A poor boy from a village in Northern India, in the Darkness, obtains a position as chauffeur for a wealthy man. In time, he becomes dissatisfied with his position as a servant and decides to do something about it. ( )
  lilibrarian | Aug 24, 2016 |
The White Tiger won the Booker in 2008 and there are numerous reviews about it so there is not much point in rehashing what has already been said. A brief summary of my impressions should suffice…

A white tiger is very rare, and that is why the narrator of this romp across the Great Economic Miracle of modern India calls himself that. He’s not a narrator to be trusted, but if the central theme of this tale is true, then he is indeed rare – because he has been able to transcend his predestined lowly status. Born into a poor family, he is denied an education and becomes a driver for a wealthy businessman in Delhi. Eventually he decides that he has had enough of being exploited so he murders his employer and uses bribe money to set himself up in business. The story closes with him making a success of his life in Bangalore, but even though he doesn’t care much for his family back in the village, he is burdened by anxiety about the revenge that will be exacted on them by the relations of his victim.

Summarised crudely like that, it seems not much of a story but it’s most enjoyable to read.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2009/03/08/the-white-tiger-by-aravind-adiga/
  anzlitlovers | Aug 15, 2016 |
The White Tiger is not only a story on the underbelly of India's society but of how one man took an unconventional route in trying to break through this underbelly. This man is the white tiger. At the same time, Aravind attempted to write of geopolitical realities. A good read. ( )
  siok | Aug 14, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 324 (next | show all)
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."
added by mikeg2 | editThe Independent, David Mattin (May 11, 2008)

» Add other authors (21 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Aravind Adigaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rey, Santiago delTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Ramin Bahrani
First words
Mr. Premier, Sir. Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.
“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
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
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.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 13 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.78)
0.5 5
1 40
1.5 9
2 101
2.5 47
3 494
3.5 208
4 955
4.5 145
5 421


4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Tantor Media

An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 110,834,526 books! | Top bar: Always visible