British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2009.
Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2008.
Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master.
The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.
©2008 Aravind Adiga; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
"Dazzling...an Indian novel that explodes the cliches...It's a thrilling ride through a global power...Brimming with idiosyncrasy, sarcastic, cunning and often hilarious." (The Independent)
The story is captivating as it reflects on the struggles of the poor in India and the arrogance and debauchery of the rich. It is provactive in parts and disturbing in others. I expected a stronger Indian accent to be apparent in the reading of the narrative and was a little disappointed that this was not so - but I got used to it after the first half hour and grew more intrigued by the story thereafter.
"LOVE this book!"
From the first paragraph read I was absolutely hooked! The story follows the struggle to survive in India and the driver sub-culture. This is not a fairytale, it tells the reader about the fixed class system and the hard struggle to get out of the "darkness". This is one of the best books I have ever listened to, I wished my long journey to work was longer! The book would make the most amazing film.
This is an interesting novel and well worth listening to, but I found as it went on that I was feeling more and more depressed about people in general, the Indian subcontinent in particular and the effect of global capitalism on us all. It is very well written, often amusing, often dark and a stark portrayal of old feudal India and modern urban India, both portrayed as lacking in morality and ruled by ignorance, manipulation, cunning and corruption. The few lines of hopeful optimism at the end do not outweigh the heaviness and cynicism created by the book as a whole and I was glad it was relatively short. The reader makes a few mistakes but reads it very well. But why a woman reading when this is very much the story of a man and delivered in the first person?
"How the other half live"
A facinating look into the lives of people from the darkness. Maybe we're all caged chickens trapped in destinies sights. A great book.
"What a great book!"
A most unusual and compelling story which paints a disturbing and moving portrait of India. The narration is superb and gives the listener a memorable experience. Highly recommended
Humorous and dark. This story is gripping and entertaining and the style of the book is perfectly suited to the audio format. I whole-heartedly recommend it.
"enjoyable, thought-provoking, but over-priced"
In common with the other reviewers I was hooked by the picture painted of India by Aravind Adiga who, by virtue of his Indian nationality but international career, seems particularly well qualified to paint it. The choice of Bindya Solanki to read it is an interesting one - why a woman, when the main character is an adult male for much of the book? That said, Bindya Solanki produces a good range of voices and accents which in themselves are a source of pleasure to listen to; but she also makes a number of misinterpretations of the meaning, in fact small mistakes which one would have expected to be edited and corrected in a recording of this price. Well worth getting as a Member's Credit purchase, not worth paying full price.
"Tiger, tiger burning bright in the darkness"
Approached initially on the terms that Aravind Adiga set out himself ? it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of society (Indian). That's what I'm trying to do ? it is not an attack on the country, it's about the greater process of self-examination - this is an entrepreneurial endeavour that undoubtedly pays dividends for the body of post-post colonial fiction.
Having spent time in New Delhi amongst the self-proclaimed entrepreneurs and, co-incidentally the seemingly much more resourceful drivers of the blacked out 4 x 4?s, White Tiger reflects a jarring but accurate picture of a society in emergence ? having moved on from emergency.
We know from the works of Satyajit Ray that there is great dignity in poverty, but Adiga?s work hammers away at the notion that spirituality in this great country has been outsourced. Underneath it all, of course, is a great sensitivity on which this important mission is based an on which the self-important narration of the detail drawn central character sits.
However, in India, the neon strip does not yet outshine the candle light when it comes to artistic intention....we have an important new voice to continue the sub-continental dialogue and a clear expectation of more great things to come.
"A gripping tale"
This is a step outside of my usual genre's and I loved it. Each time I stopped listening I looked forward to the opportunity to hear more. An interesting insight into the other side of the new India. I thought the readers accent also added to the effect of putting me in Balarams shoes.
This was my first audible book and I really enjoyed it. There was a good balance of interesting story line as well as some cultural enlightenment. Some funny parts made it entertaining and the clever storyline made the book gripping. To be recommended.
Wonderful introduction into an India one never hears of. The story is both compelling and appalling at the same time. The narrator could have been better chosen but this did not take away from the plot.
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