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The White Tiger: A Novel
by Aravind Adiga

Published: 2008-10-14
Paperback : 304 pages
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A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. “This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it ...
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A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. “This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before” (John Burdett, Bangkok 8).

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.

Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is 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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A very profound look at life in India
by emmy4277 (see profile) 07/11/14
Bollywood Style
by mannaria (see profile) 04/24/13
Our hostess/member served all Indian inspired appetizers and then we ordered in from an Indian restaurant in NYC.

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  "The White Tiger"by emmy4277 (see profile) 07/11/14

 
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  "Indian caste "by mannaria (see profile) 04/24/13

Interesting form of writing where the entire story is a letter to someone else.

 
  "The White Tiger"by gkantrowitz (see profile) 08/10/11

most of the club members enjoyed the book. Two of the members HATED IT! but we did have a lively discussion and it was one of our better meetings. We plan to read Major Pettigrew"s (something else but... (read more)

 
  "The White Tiger"by sglansdale (see profile) 02/23/11

 
  "The White Tiger"by vpowersbarrett (see profile) 11/13/10

The book prompted a very active discussion about the character and his situation. The protagonist was engaging, but not always likeable, and the plot of the book was eye opening about India's culture of... (read more)

 
  "A funny, eye-opening read"by alissa24 (see profile) 05/07/09

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