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The White Tiger

A Novel
Adiga, Aravind (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Introducing a major literary talent,The White Tigeroffers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.Born in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for his village's wealthiest man, two house Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son. From behind the wheel of their Honda City car, Balram's new world is a revelation. While his peers flip through the pages ofMurder Weekly("Love -- Rape -- Revenge!"), barter for girls, drink liquor (Thunderbolt), and perpetuate the Great Rooster Coop of Indian society, Balram watches his employers bribe foreign ministers for tax breaks, barter for girls, drink liquor (single-malt whiskey), and play their own role in the Rooster Coop. Balram learns how to siphon gas, deal with corrupt mechanics, and refill and resell Johnnie Walker Black Label bottles (all but one). He also finds a way out of the Coop that no one else inside it can perceive.Balram's eyes penetrate India as few outsiders can: the cockroaches and the call centers; the prostitutes and the worshippers; the ancient and Internet cultures; the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger. And with a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create virtue, and money doesn't solve every problem -- but decency can still be found in a corrupt world, and you can get what you want out of life if you eavesdrop on the right conversations.Sold in sixteen countries around the world,The White TigerrecallsThe Death of VishnuandBangkok 8in ambition, scope, and narrative genius, with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation -- and a startling, provocative debut.
Authors: Adiga, Aravind
Title: The white tiger
a novel
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,23 cm.
Local Note: 6 7 15 18 27 29 53 102 109 118 122 129 138 148 149 153 172 173 210 211 216 222 264
ISBN: 1416562591
9781416562597
Statement of Responsibility: Aravind Adiga
Subject Headings: Bangalore (India) Fiction. Businesspeople India Bangalore Fiction. Ambition Fiction. Poor India Bangalore Fiction. Chauffeurs India Bangalore Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction-2008.
Epistolary fiction-2008.
Topical Term: Businesspeople
Ambition
Poor
Chauffeurs
LCCN: 2007045527
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Mar 26, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked the raw quality of this book because it seemed to express what it is like for all persons who are forced to be servants or slaves without a hope of a way out. While the protagonist's way out was pretty extreme, his need to not be exploited was very important. This made me think of books about slavery in the U.S. as well the conditions of the poor in all the developing nations.

I agree with the comment from Harriet_the_spy, but had to take a break before reading the 2nd book,
went back to a few other India books to add another dimension to the experience.
Adiga is pretty raw.

Loved the book! The narrative was very unique and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next. Although the subject matters, covering topics such as poverty, corruption, cheating, are very sad - there was still humor to be found between the lines. Even though the main character wasn't a good guy, you still couldn't help by cheer for him and for a happy ending.

Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel, like the movie Slumdog Millionaire, is a witty parable of India’s changing society, and it is equally fascinating. The narrator, a young man from India’s lowest caste, gets a lucky break when he is hired as a driver for a landlord from his village. Through his eyes we see the brutal injustice and corruption of Indian society as he perilously rises from servant to middle class.

Aug 25, 2012
  • peterbryan rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I hard a hard time with White Tiger and stopped at page 80. Our main character is just too toxic, devoid of any redeeming characteristics. His India-bashing was over the top and this would all of have been more than tolerable had the prose been just slightly bewitching or captivating but I'm sorry to say it wasn't. It was, to coin a phrase about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit.

Aug 24, 2012
  • markat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

capitalism/communism/socialism -- it's all the same in 21st c. India. It's 1984-- only with more squalor and pathos.

Jul 16, 2012
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes I don't GET what it is that judges see when they award the Man Booker - this book is a most notable exception. This writer gives a loving-but-unromanticized look at modern India, something all our countries could use more of. On my list of all-time best books.

May 28, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've read in the past decade. Adiga is an exciting young voice in fiction today, I highly recommend both his novel as well as the more recent "Last Man in Tower".

Mar 20, 2012
  • sfogs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Read as part of an online book group, and as another 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die list book.
A strange but enjoyable story

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Nov 07, 2010
  • Librarian_X rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008

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