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.
"Good Book - Odd Reader"
This is an interesting book - with a fascinating narrator. Why, then, have a female voice? It seems such a perverse decision. The first person voice of the young man who comes from the rural poverty of 'The Darkness' to the brash urban worlds of Bangalore and Delhi is very male. He is intelligent, observant and ambitious and his attempts to approach the corruption and unfairness of Indian society with some sense of morality, is sometimes poignant, sometimes even humorous, ultimately shocking.
But the wrong voice.
"Great Read- The White Tiger"
Nice book; good read and smooth listening. Simple direct language with an Indian twist. The book delivers a nice message from a different perspective. It gives a different concept to abolish the basic preconceptions of the India which is growing with every day that it passes through. The adaptability and innovations that are discussed are truly remarkable. International appeal.
"An Indian Driver's Tale"
Excellent!! I used every excuse to catch up & keep listening.And the narrator,Bindya Solanki,was outstanding.I had read this book,but lstening was so much better than reading.Try it,you won't be disappointed.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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