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White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga

PUBLISHED: 1st March 2012
ISBN: 9781848878082
ANNOTATION:
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE GALAXY BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 'AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
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PUBLISHED: 1st March 2012
ISBN: 9781848878082
ANNOTATION:
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE GALAXY BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 'AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

Annotation

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE GALAXY BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 'AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974. He studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities. A former India correspondent for Time magazine, his articles have also appeared in publications like the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Sunday Times. He lives in Mumbai. The White Tiger is his first novel.

Review

Adiga's portrait of the Indian capital is very funny but unmistakably angry... Keeps you guessing to the final page and beyond. Financial Times Dazzling... With The White Tiger, Adiga sets out to show us a part of [India] that we hear about infrequently: its underbelly... [Balram's voice is] brimming with idiosyncrasy, sarcastic, cunning. Independent on Sunday A masterpiece The Times Blazingly savage and brilliant Sunday Telegraph

Prizes

Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008

Long Description

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.

Product Details

Author
Aravind Adiga
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1848878087
ISBN-13
9781848878082
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-03-01
Pages
336
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
WHITE TIGER
Language
English
Edition
Main
Subtitle
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2008
Audience
General/Trade