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The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger
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The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him... show more
The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, and narrative genius, with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416562597 (1416562591)
ASIN: 1416562591
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it
5.0 A fascinating look inside India's present
I love narratives that concentrate on few characters. The main reason is that this naturally allows for greater internal exploration (as did my favorite read of the year so far, The Sheltering Sky). Some books are about events and some books are about people. I tend to favor the latter, like this no...
travelin
travelin rated it
4.0 The White Tiger
It's difficult to overstate the relief I felt, reading this fable after spending Romanian winter with heady, badly printed encyclopedias. It feels as if I've known more than a few White Tigers in my life and would even consider myself a form of one. Not that I, a Westerner, or possibly even most Ind...
travelin
travelin rated it
4.0 The White Tiger
It's difficult to overstate the relief I felt, reading this fable after spending Romanian winter with heady, badly printed encyclopedias. It feels as if I've known more than a few White Tigers in my life and would even consider myself a form of one. Not that I, a Westerner, or possibly even most Ind...
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Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 The White Tiger
One of the best books that I've read written in this century and a compelling and exciting first novel. It is a kind of post-post-colonial novel. It is a savage indictment of current India. It sees India as a corrupt inefficient and class based society. The colonial heritage being just one part ...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
3.0 The White Tiger: A Novel
A fast paced read told over the course of seven days in email form by the narrator Balram/Ashok Sharma/White Tiger to Premier Jiabao in China.It's a savage story of an Indian servant who grows up in the 'darkness,' becomes a driver, and through a series of intentional events, breaks out of the coop ...
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