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Patusan, September 25, 2011 (view all comments by Patusan)
I hate to admit this, but I didn't even have White Tiger in the stack by my bed until my sister said the reliable readers in her book club loved it. A tragicomic view from the next-to-bottom rung of the globalized economic ladder. Not among the completely dispossessed, the main character is a survivor in the mass migration from the village to the metropolis. His first-person narrative fascinates us with detail and pains us with the narcissism of small differences as he unself-consciously aspires to advance in life while expressing his disdain for those above and below him. White Tiger gives that sense of universal humanity that the novel is the highest expression of.
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possumkid, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by possumkid)
Awesome black comedy of the way life is in India. For rolling around on the floor laughing and for insights into survival as an underdog on the sub-continent, this is THE book.
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Tori, July 15, 2010 (view all comments by Tori)
There is something about Balram that has stayed with me ever since I finished The White Tiger. He is at once abhorrent, disgusting, pitiable and yet somehow, I cheered him on every step of the way. I rejoiced for him, worried for him and felt like I was there with him when he commits his drastic act of defiance. I will not make excuses for him, but I will say that I forgave him entirely.
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Lucy Black, February 9, 2010 (view all comments by Lucy Black)
The White Tiger is a compelling narrative about one man’s ascent in modern India. Our narrator, the charismatic Balram, presents the story of his life thus far in the form of letters to Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, intending to school the leader in true Indian entrepreneurialism. (Whether or not the correspondence actually reaches its intended destination is well beyond the point.) Humorous and eye-opening, this book is easy to read but difficult to forget.
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jenna m, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by jenna m)
The White Tiger offers a glimpse into modern day India that is authentic and vibrant. One gets a sense of place in the vivid description of urban India and a feel for those who live in that world. Anyone who wants to attempt to understand India will appreciate this book.
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Adiga, Aravind
Free Press
Mukherjee, Bharati
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery fiction
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The White Tiger, adiga, novel, Balram Halwai, India, caste, caste system, education, Indian business, outsourcing, booker prize, booker short list, service, servitude, indentured, Bangalore, contradictions and complications of Indian society
India;girl;Bangalore;outsourcing;call center;coming-of-age;ambition;commerce;fam
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Product details 304 pages Free Press - English 9781416562603 Reviews:
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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.)
"Review" by , "Extraordinary and brilliant....Adiga is a real writer — that is to say, someone who forges an original voice and vision."
"Review" by , "Fierce and funny....A satire as sharp as it gets."
"Review" by , "An exhilarating, side-splitting account of India today, as well as an eloquent howl at her many injustices. Adiga enters the literary scene resplendent in battle dress and ready to conquer. Let us bow to him."
"Review" by , "Darkly comic....Balram's appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling."
"Review" by , "This fast-moving novel, set in India, is being sold as a corrective to the glib, dreamy exoticism Western readers often get....If these are the hands that built India, their grandkids really are going to kick America's ass....BUY IT."
"Review" by , "Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger is one of the most powerful books I've read in decades. No hyperbole. This debut novel from an Indian journalist living in Mumbai hit me like a kick to the head — the same effect Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man had."
"Review" by , "There is a new Muse stalking global narrative: brown, angry, hilarious, half-educated, rustic-urban, iconoclastic, paan-spitting, word-smithing — and in the case of Aravind Adiga she hails from a town called Laxmangarh. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before. Adiga is a global Gorky, a modern Kipling who grew up, and grew up mad. The future of the novel lies here."
"Review" by , "Adiga's training as a journalist lends the immediacy of breaking news to his writing, but it is his richly detailed storytelling that will captivate his audience....The White Tiger echoes masterpieces of resistance and oppression (both The Jungle and Native Son come to mind)...[and] contains passages of startling beauty....A book that carefully balances fable and pure observation."
"Synopsis" by , The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

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.

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An ambitious small-town girl flees an arranged marriage and finds herself having all sorts of adventures — professional, social and sexual — in Bangalore.

"Synopsis" by , Anjali Boses prospects dont look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle‑class family, she lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm, and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her charismatic and influential expat teacher Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny. So she sets off to Bangalore, Indias fastest‑growing metropolis, and soon falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs in call centers, where they quickly out‑earn their parents. And it is in this high‑tech city where Anjali — suddenly free of the confines of class, caste, and gender — is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of life in the New India does not come without a dark side . . .
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