The White Tiger

The White Tiger

By (author)

List price: US$20.55

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


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. The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his master."The White Tiger" presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking - from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, "The White Tiger" is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator - amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.

show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 212 x 36mm | 557.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843547201
  • 9781843547204
  • 27,543

Other books in Contemporary Fiction

Other people who viewed this bought

Review quote

"'In the grand illusions of a 'rising' India, Aravind Adiga has found a subject Gogol might have envied. With remorselessly and delightfully mordant wit The White Tiger anatomizes the fantastic cravings of the rich; it evokes, too, with starting accuracy and tenderness, the no less desperate struggles of the deprived.' Pankaj Mishra"

show more

About Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974. He has lived in India, Australia, America and the UK. He has worked for the Financial Times in New York and for Time in India. His short story collection, Between the Assassinations, was published by Picador India in 2007. The White Tiger is his first novel.

show more

Customer reviews

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 more
by Hans van Dijk
<p>** <strong>Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction</strong> **</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>Shocking, compelling and eye-opening, <a href="">The White Tiger</a> is blackly humourous debut of considerable sophistication. A worthy Booker winner.</p>show more
by Mark Thwaite