trying to see the world with my ears
Lee is a great narrator but not for this book. In fact, he got in the way--I kept thinking, "That's John Lee trying to speak Indian-English..."
Even so, this is a very satisfying, entertaining and informative listen about the shadow side of India's economic growth, with a catchy set up: A long memo from a dubious Indian entrepreneur who clawed his way from village life, written to the Premier of China (like the Chinese premier, the White Tiger says if he was building a country, he'd put in the infrastructure first, then the democracy)
This is very unlike Rohinton Mistry's quiet excellent novels set in India or Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things. If Q+A/Slumdog Millionaire was like an Indian Dickens, then White Tiger is like Kurt Vonnegut spinning a tragicomedy of the cumulative effects of caste and class meeting globalization and westernization in the "rooster coop" pecking order of India. An interesting study of how an author can make an unlikable character sympathetic.
This is a novel that raises moral questions that will ring in your mind long after you've finished listening.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
There are so many books today following the same themes of vampires, sex and/or murder.
It is a great day when you discover something different, deeper and better.
Here's that book. A very interesting book indeed. Get some insight into the culture of India and enjoy a very engrossing story.
This is a 5 star book. Highly recommend! Perfectly presented too.
Chris Reich, TeachU
The White Tiger provides the 'backstory', told in an earthy, amusing, authentic voice, of the 'Flat World' phenomenon. Those of us in the US who work day in and out with Indian colleagues, mainly via phone and email, have only the barest perception of the personal, cultural origins of our coworkers.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
This book definitely fell too short for my expectations. Being an Indian, I definitely didn't like the accent and the mis-pronounced words but I knew that before buying the book. The caste system and the slave master relation is almost precise but sometimes exaggerated. I didn't like the fact that there is very little remorse shown from the protagonist's perspective for the heinous crime that he commits. Other than that, an ordinary story with a funny accent. Thank god it was short.
I'm not a great judge of the Indian language accent or anything else. John Lee is amazing. I think he's the best narrator I've listened to and I've listened to a lot of them.
His Indian accent added enormously to the enjoyment of this audio book. Whether or not he mispronounced some words is beyond me and I don't much care. This wasn't a textbook. It was entertainment.
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I have listened to The White Tiger twice in its entirety and several times partially and have several passages memorized. I am sure I will listen to it again and again. It is a compelling, horrific, and completely entertaining story, told with an ironic tone by a captivating first-person narrator. It is read by the enormously talented John Lee, who has become my favorite narrator (listen to him also reading "Snow" and parts of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society").
I have high expectations for the Booker winners. When I read one I expect to be completely blown away by lyrical writing, great characters, gripping plot. Don't get me wrong, White Tiger is excellent. But I found myself comparing it to the Booker list and it came up short. It's a great story, a fun story, an excellent insight into India. Read it. Laugh and enjoy. But if you're looking for Booker winners specifically, you may want to turn to something else.
Anything John Lee Reads about India is going to be special. The books are chosen well and as in this one he puts you in it and allows you to feel the content.
For the first time in all the years on Audible I just could not slog through this book until the end. Only two hours left and it became too tiresome. The author repeats himself over and over. I have listened to many other books that are cultural in nature and was very disappointed with this one. The narrator did try and was good!
Aravind Adiga's Man-Booker-Prize winning first novel, The White Tiger, tells the story of an Indian named Balram Halwi, born into poverty and deprived of education, who becomes a rich man's driver in New Delhi. There he commits an horrific act of theft and flees to become a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore, the out-sourcing Silicon Valley of the subcontinent. Written in first person as a series of letters to the Prime Minister of China, who is about to pay of visit of state to Bangalore, the story contains a disturbing and riveting mixture of comedy and tragedy. It is a dark and soul-shaking look at the grinding nature of poverty and the chilling price that Balram pays to escape.