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ISBN13: 9781416562597
ISBN10: 1416562591
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Awards

The Rooster 2009 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

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Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers 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 of Murder 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 Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in 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.

Review:

"Darkly comic. . . Balram's appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling." The New Yorker

About the Author

Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of seven novels, two story collections,and the coauthor of two books of nonfiction. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416562597
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Adiga, Aravind
Author:
Mukherjee, Bharati
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Ambition
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080422
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.99 lb
Age Level:
Between 25 and 35. Complexion: Blackish. Face: Ova

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