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The White Tiger

By Aravind Adiga

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2008
'Unlike almost any other Indian novel you might have read in recent years, this page-turner offers a completely bald, angry, unadorned portrait of the country as seen from the bottom of the heap; there's not a sniff of saffron or a swirl of sari anywhere. The Indian tourist board won't be pleased, but you'll read it in a trice and find yourself gripped.' Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times Meet Balram Halwai, the 'White Tiger': servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape. His big chance comes when a rich village landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son. Arriving in Delhi with his new master, Balram's re-education begins, as he learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. As the other servants flick through the pages of Murder Weekly, Balram begins to see how the Tiger might escape his cage. For surely any successful man must spill a little blood on his way to the top? The White Tiger is a tale of two Indias. Balram's journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable. 'I'm very honoured to win the Man Booker Prize for The White Tiger. I'm grateful to my publishers, Atlantic Books - and also to all the reviewers, critics, and readers, especially in Australia, who have supported my book. I hope The White Tiger delights even more readers and also gets them thinking about the larger issues it raises.' - Aravind Adiga, Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

About the Author

Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974 and studies at Columbia and Oxford Universities. His first novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Book Prize for 2008. A former Indian correspondent for Time magazine, his writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Financial Times and the Sunday Times, among other publications. He lives in Mumbai.

EAN: 9781843547211
ISBN: 184354721X
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.9 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Jessica on
i feel as though this book is really deep, and i need to re-read it to fully understand what the author is trying to say... underneath the fascinating plot there is so much social and political comment on indian culture, caste systems, politics....i can definitely see why it's a prize-winner, it makes me want to go read a stack of books about india so i can understand more.

the best thing about this book is aravind adiga's fantastic writing style. the white tiger is written as a series of letters, so it's all told in first person present tense, but the main character is re-telling the events of his life. at the start of the book i thought this might get tedious, but it actually made the story really easy to follow, and made it easier to emotionally connect with the characters. it's also one of the reasons why i think this book is so socially/politically/historically fascinating and relevant, as it allows the author to comment directly through the opinions of the main character.

i think adiga's ability to create this realistic portrayal out of such a limiting format shows what a great writer he is. i'm inspired to read his next book, between the assassinations.

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