The White Tiger (Paperback)Aravind Adiga (author)
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Mordantly funny, Adiga’s narrative of a poor village boy’s rise to notoriety in the bustle and violence of Delhi is a savage satire of greed, corruption and untrammeled ambition.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008
Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi.
The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his master.
The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking - from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, The White Tiger is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator - amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Blazingly savage and brilliant.' - Sunday Telegraph
'A masterpiece.' - The Times
'Dazzling... With The White Tiger, Adiga sets out to show us a part of [India] that we hear about infrequently: its underbelly... [Balram's voice is] brimming with idiosyncrasy, sarcastic, cunning.' - Independent on Sunday
'Adiga's portrait of the Indian capital is very funny but unmistakably angry... Keeps you guessing to the final page and beyond.' - Financial Times
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“For lovers of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite”
This is a bitter commentary on the injustices of class divisions India. Funny at times, Adiga explores the absurdity of being human in the capitalist world we often blindly worship.
“Clever, witty and thought provoking”
I loved this book.
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