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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The book probably deserves three for the story line. But the narration was so awful, I wouldn't recommend the audiobook. I think it was reasonable to have a female voice narrating for a boy. But the accent was overdone, often similar across characters and, conversation was often mixed up with prose.
The main character isn't plausible. The only way to make the story work is to make the assumption that much of what is going on in his head to explain his behaviour is untold. Moreover very little in the story told allows any inferences to be made. It's an account of events which seems to promise more, but doesn't deliver.
"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.
A great book about modern India and social mobility which highlights the duplicity of government and society in the story of one man's mission to beat the system
"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.
"Good story spoilt by awful reader"
The story is entertaining enough, by turn, shocking, funny and enlightening.
However the reader is just plain poor. Her Indian ancent often tails off to deepest Essex. Also I thought it odd that a female was chosen to voice the narative, which is that off a young India man. That is not a misogynist view, I would find it equally odd having a man read a female narative.
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.
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