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The White Tiger

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416562605
  • 9781416562603
  • 66,542

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"Fierce and funny...A satire as sharp as it gets." - Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Timesshow more
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