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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"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.
This is probably the worst book I have had the misfortune of listening to. I am not put of by books containing bad language but if you took the profanity out of this book there is very little left. Coupled with a poor narrator I was glad to actually get to the end of this book. I was left wondering why it had actually been published.
"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.
"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.
"interesting insight into Indian life"
It opened a window into modern India but was not a joyful story
Expressive and engaging
Im pleased I had this book but not interested in another
"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
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