The White Tiger (Hardback)
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Short Description for The White Tiger 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.
- Published: 01 March 2008
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781843547204 ISBN 10: 1843547201
- Sales rank: 20,189
Reviews for The White Tiger
It's not as impressive as Shantaram, but The White Tiger makes up for some good evenings of reading. The story is well put together and really pulls you in. Just a good read... by Hans van Dijk
- Staff review
The White Tiger
** Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction **
Aravind Adiga's Booker-winning novel, a dark social comedy, which angrily and remorselessly punctures the fantasies of the rich and their blindness to the poverty that surrounds them, tells the story of Balram Halwai, the eponymous White Tiger, and the most clever boy in his village. Being the smartest boy around, Balram -- obviously -- wants to get his full share of the pie. He wants to get rich and will do anything to get rich. But his poverty and his lack of opportunity are in inverse proportion to his huge ambition. It is only when Balram luckily becomes the chauffeur of a rich master that his eyes are fully opened to just how much huge wealth saturates a certain strata of Indian society, but which he is to be forever excluded from. Excluded from unless, Balram decides, he kills his moneyed master.
This is the new, optimistic, rich India, with its dotcom millionaires and its swish shopping centres, its Western values and its call centres, seen from the bottom up, seen from the perspective of those left out of the middle class dream, of those for whom the capitalist dream is a daily nightmare of rejection and dreadful hardship.
Shocking, compelling and eye-opening, The White Tiger is blackly humourous debut of considerable sophistication. A worthy Booker winner. by Mark Thwaite