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Awards

The Rooster 2009 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Staff Pick

A remarkable first novel, ingeniously written in the form of a letter to the Chinese premier soon to visit India, Adiga's dark yet witty debut brings to Western readers the tense drama of a developing country and a character caught up in corruption and class struggle.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

No saris. No scents. No spices. No music. No lyricism. No illusions.

This is India now.

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 a village in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for a wealthy man, two Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son.

Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, 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, he teaches us that religion doesn't create morality 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.

Review:

"First-time author Adiga has created a memorable tale of one taxi driver's hellish experience in modern India. Told with close attention to detail, whether it be the vivid portrait of India he paints or the transformation of Balram Halwai into a bloodthirsty murderer, Adiga writes like a seasoned professional. John Lee delivers an absolutely stunning performance, reading with a realistic and unforced East Indian dialect. He brings the story to life, reading with passion and respect for Adiga's prose. Lee currently sits at the top of the professional narrator's ladder; an actor so gifted both in his delivery and expansive palette of vocal abilities that he makes it sound easy. A Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Set in a raw and unromanticized India, The White Tiger—the first-person confession of a murderer—is as compelling for its subject matter as it is for the voice of its narrator: amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.

About the Author

Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. A former correspondent for "Time" magazine, he has also been published in the "Financial Times". He lives in Mumbai, India.
JOHN LEE is a well-known herbalist, who practices in North Carolina and lectures widely.

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Denise Morland, January 14, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Balram Halwai started life poor and dirty, belonging to a low servant caste and living in a small poverty-stricken village in India. Today he is a successful entrpreneur living in the big city and running his own company. White Tiger is the story of his journey out of the darkness and into the light.
By turns hilarious and horrifying, this book held me absolutely transfixed all the way to the end. Balram is such a complex and interesting character! He is loving and cruel, devoted to his family yet unwilling to be beaten down by them, and most of all I loved the contrast between his innocence and biting sarcasm. I listened to the audio version and the narrator is absolutely fabulous. His voice puts you right on the streets of India, in the rural schools, fancy nightclubs, and the homes of the landlords.
The White Tiger will go down as one of the best books I've read in 2009! I am anxiously awaiting Aravind Adiga's next novel and I will be searching out other audio books read by Joh Lee.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400106653
Author:
Adiga, Aravind
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Read by:
Lee, John
Read:
Lee, John
Author:
Lee, John
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.5 lb
Media Run Time:
480

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Product details pages Tantor Media - English 9781400106653 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A remarkable first novel, ingeniously written in the form of a letter to the Chinese premier soon to visit India, Adiga's dark yet witty debut brings to Western readers the tense drama of a developing country and a character caught up in corruption and class struggle.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First-time author Adiga has created a memorable tale of one taxi driver's hellish experience in modern India. Told with close attention to detail, whether it be the vivid portrait of India he paints or the transformation of Balram Halwai into a bloodthirsty murderer, Adiga writes like a seasoned professional. John Lee delivers an absolutely stunning performance, reading with a realistic and unforced East Indian dialect. He brings the story to life, reading with passion and respect for Adiga's prose. Lee currently sits at the top of the professional narrator's ladder; an actor so gifted both in his delivery and expansive palette of vocal abilities that he makes it sound easy. A Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Set in a raw and unromanticized India, The White Tiger—the first-person confession of a murderer—is as compelling for its subject matter as it is for the voice of its narrator: amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.
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