A fascinating story of rampant corruption and the caste system, alive and well in modern India, and a man who has to break all of the rules (and at least a few laws) to get out of it. Adiga can make you laugh and also feel despair for the future of humanity, sometimes on the same page. The emotional experience was similar to what I went through reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, another of my favorite books. John Lee does a fantastic job with the narration and adds a lot to this entertaining and sometimes sobering story. This book kept my attention from beginning to end.
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As someone who is interested in how people all over the world live and survive, i was particularly interested in this book. It amazes me at times how very different life can be in other countries. This story takes us on a descriptive journey through parts of India on one man's jouney from rags to riches. His environment was so different than the world that i live in, so i truely did not know what to expect next. It was an eye opening adventure as to how other parts of the world can function. I found vast differences in our morality and ethics. I am not sure i could survive in some of his standard living conditions, so i certainly could not judge him or fully understand the motivations for his decisions and actions. I can't say that i particularly liked the main character, but i did enjoy the story. If you want to take a virtual trip to visit a different world from America, this book offers an affordable and in depth exploration of a completely different culture.
A book for all. Clever, funny, relatable without being too heavy.
Countless, just read it and find your own favorite. I tend to fall deeply for the moments in which the character speaks to my own soul and gives me some kind of self awareness about my own life. Plenty of these moments without without the feeling that it was ever intentional. Love that.
No. It took a chapter or two for me to fully digest his accent as horrible as it is to admit but loved that it helped me dig deeper into the character thereafter.
Just try it. It's a quick read, will give you a good laugh here and there and if you want it to, will give you some perspective on your inner "entrepreneur"!
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
The story follows the path of a lowly tea server in his ascent up the financial ladder in India.A country still seperated by castes,but fast modernizing.It chronicles the relationship between master and servant and helps us get a sense of what India is really like and why it is the way it is.The voice of John Lee is wonderful and really adds to the story.It is at times quite funny as well as instructional.I may buy the additonal titles by this author,since I have a keen interest in Asia,but the reviews weren't as glowing as they were for this book.Life of Pi was also very good,but perhaps not as plausible as this story was.
The reader is fantastic - his reading was a rest contribution to the overall experience.
His voice, his accent, his intonation bring the experience to life.
This is a very entertaining story. It is told from the perspective of a feisty "lower-caste" Indian man who outwitted fate and became rich via a combination of dumb luck, cunning, and illegal actions. He has plenty of sarcastic things to say about Indian economic growth, society, and religion, which I found both educational and amusing.
The story is told in a letter to the Prime Minister of China (Wen Jiabao): the protagonist uses his story to give advice to "Mr. Jiabao" and to draw comparisons between India and China. But don't be put off by the epistolary format. The story is short, and there is generally enough happening to make it flow steadily. Plus, the narrator sounds like Sean Connery doing an Indian accent (for example, he says "sir" exactly the way Connery does in the movie The Rock). It took me a little bit to warm up to this combination at the very beginning, but overall I really enjoyed the narration.
Sometimes disturbing to read about life in India from both the perspectives of the poor and the rich. Great story, well done as a narrative by the lead character.
I like the premise of the story, and how it portraits the vast gulf between the rich powerful class and the poor working class. Certainly open ones eyes to the fact that India still has a dark side today (or as the author calls it.. 'the darkness'). The story is also has some dark humorous moments.
The parts I don't like about the book is the last little bit. It felt like it was hurried and the story the author seems to have run out of time or something. I would have preferred if he had spent a bit more time on it.
Overall, the story is better than the 3 that was indicated. I would have given it a 3.5 if the rating system had allowed it.
Provokative, Satirical, Comedic
His ability to keep a large number of voices clearly delineated and effective while maintaining pace and energy throughout the sweep of the narrative.
I had read the hard copy of the novel some time ago and found that the Indian names were complex enough for me to forget who the characters actually were, so that at times I felt lost in the journey of the novel. This was not the case in John Lee's reading.
The Narrator of course! What is ganja? Can this guy not even take the minimal effort to research to pronounce a few words right. John Lee is yet another ignorant Westerner with a poor imitation of the so called "Indian" Accent. Would an English narrator of a French novel get away with this? People would mock him if he tried french but pronounced it incorrectly. Please re-record this book with an Indian narrator or re-record it with an American or Englishman who does not feign an accent. It is quite insulting...really....
The narrator could have taken the pain to pronounce Indian proper nouns as they should be said.
yes. Only because it is a good book.