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)
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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.
"India is our future if we do not adopt population"
A sarcastic look at India’s ways and politics with a bit too much reality for it to be really funny.
The poor or the darkness are described without any modesty; if this was a picture it would be a fool frontal medical with nothing left to the imagination, the politics are all we suspect and much more of a corruption that is endemic and has fully metastasized throughout a society, the overpopulation permits the creation of inequities where slaves and servants are differentiated only by a name or a cast, a place where change is swallowed by past practices and mutated into horrible monstrosities.
Balram Halwai the narrator and the main character of the story describes a world that is fascinating and repugnant a world where survival is achievement, he also is the White Tiger a genetic rare anomaly that escapes its destiny by canning and brute force; he knows his world and wants to be king of this jungle at any cost for a minute for a second for just to try.
A very good book with some devastating insights and revelations of an all too real society.
The reader was excellent and made the book come alive.
"A thought provoking audio book"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. It brought the sights, smells and poverty of India and it's cast system well into the mix of the story. Well read by the narrator, I can only recommend as I was captivated by the unusual story as it unwound.
The excellent narrator was the only thing that got me to the end of this fairly mundane tale. Bought the book to try something a little different and can't say this story has rewarded this optimism.
"The White Tiger"
It took me a while to get into this one but it was worth persevering with as it turned out to be very interesting.
"Entertaining and educating"
I found the this book very entertaining and educating at the same time. Learnt a lot about the structure of Indian society and what the universal corruption dos to honest people. The language was very easy and the descriptions were very vivid.
Bindya'a narration is exceptional. Highly entertaining. She has done a great job. I finished the book in 3 days.
"One of the best books I've read in years"
This is an excellent book - exciting, witty and, you feel, authentic in terms of the India that is its background. It's also fairly gritty. It is a very moral book but not conventionally so - it challenges people's morality, I would say. It is also excellently read.
"A new genre for me – excellent"
Clever, never lost my attention, brilliant narration. Wondered if he had split personality at times
"True cultural insights"
Listened to this book while travelling through India and was fascinated by the accurate descriptions of so much that I got to see, and glad that I didn't get to see all of what The White Tiger talks about
"Just couldn't get into this book"
Maybe because rave recommendations meant it would never live up to expectations, or maybe just not the book for me but I was unable to get into this story despite several attempts to really sit down and persevere. I failed to find anything engaging about the story or the main character and have to admit this is one of the few books I have downloaded on Audible that I have just not been able to see through to the end.
Almost all the recommendations came from "older " people so not sure if I will grow into it and it may be a book for the older generations perhaps????
To be honest, the book sparked nothing in me at all- it wasn't that I was disappointed: I just could not get into the story regardless of trying several times but I have to say I have friends and family who still go on about how much they enjoyed it so to each his/her own but sorry, not for me.
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