The White Tiger

The White Tiger 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 societ

  • Title: The White Tiger
  • Author: Aravind Adiga
  • ISBN: 9781416562733
  • Page: 486
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 IndianA 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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    1. Aravind Adiga

      Aravind Adiga was born in 1974 in Madras now called Chennai , and grew up in Mangalore in the south of India He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of India His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008 Its release was followed by a collection of short stories in the book titled Between the Assassinations His second novel, Last Man in the Tower, was published in 2011 His newest novel, Selection Day, was published in 2016.


    1. This review contains what may be spoilers. Even though I do not think it will spoil your reading experience, I am putting the warning here because one reader pointed it out.--------------------------------------Before I begin my review, a statutory warning to all my patriotic Indian brothers and sisters this is India-bashing, large scale. If you are the sort of person who gets all worked up when any aspect of India is criticised, this book is not for you.That said, Arvind Adiga bashes India wher [...]

    2. They remain slaves because they can’t see what is beautiful in this world. That’s the truest thing anyone said…Even as a boy I could see what was beautiful in the world: I was destined not to stay a slave.The White Tiger is a grim, biting, unsubtle look at 21st Century India, stuck in the mire of a corrupt, cynical past, and debauching and slaughtering its way into a corrupt and cynical future, told by a working class fellow who, through ambition, intelligence, and a willingness to be utte [...]

    3. I'm not sure what I expected going into this book but it wasn't really this. The book was very tongue in cheek and I could completely sympathize with our narrator even at the end. The idealistic part of me was a little horrified and upset by a lot of it but I think it's pretty realistic and really made me think about the servant/master dynamic in a way I hadn't considered before. I'm just torn about whether to rate it four stars or five because the ending felt a little anticlimactic but at the s [...]

    4. Well the stories of murderers and psychopaths are generally like cakes to most of us(and i am no exception). I either love such protagonists or hate them whole-heartedly. Coming to Balaram, the situation is different. I had never felt anything for him even after reading 300 pages. I didn’t even hate him and I was completely indifferent towards him mainly because I felt that his character is artificial and inconsistent. Every time I read a cynical work or a satire I feel that I have become a bi [...]

    5. The perfect companion piece to Slumdog Millionaire, and if you didn't like that movie, you won't like this book for the same reasons. It's a no-nonsense bulldozing mordant splenetic jackhammer of a story written as a tough slangy 300 page fast-reading monologue. It's a novel of information, not art. It tells you all about modern India with a traditional rags-to-riches fable. Our hero murders his employer unapologetically, and that's how he gets his riches. This is not rocket science. This is sma [...]

    6. Balram Halwai grew up in the Darkness -- the immense swath of rural India where the poor vastly outnumber the rich and where the right of the rich to oppress the poor is rarely questioned.By dint of his intelligence and ambition, he becomes the No. 2 driver to a local landlord nicknamed The Stork, and when he discovers the No. 1 driver has been hiding a secret, is able to displace him and eventually move to Delhi with the landlord's Westernized son, Mr. Ashok, and his modern wife, Pinky Madam.Qu [...]

    7. The "White Tiger of Bangalore" is cunning, fast & intrepid-- the perfect symbol for this perfect novel that reminds the reader of characters like Scarface & friends-- antiheroes all. Adiga's yarn is utterly engrossing; it's a mystery unraveled in the purest tradition of classic storytelling. It has that picaresque quality (which is one of the hardest tricks for a novelist to pull off, truly, really) needed to balance out all the heaviness of a constant train of melancholic events (violen [...]

    8. رواية حائزة على جائزة البوكر شرح مفصل لاوضاع الطبقات في الهند ونحن في القرن الحادي والعشرون.اعجبني وصف الطبقات الفقيرة بأن وضعها مثل "قن الدجاج" لا تخرج منه الا للذبح.فالعائلة منذ ان تولد يحدد لها مسارها ولا تستطيع ان تخرج من هذا المحيط الا بشيء خارق.وركز على نقطة ان الاديان ا [...]

    9. To begin with, let me tell you first, of my association with this novel. I had never finished any contemporary novel, to put it bluntly, Who cares!was my attitude towards the contemporary writers, by the time I had bought this novel.This was my first ever contemporary novel, mainly of an Indian origin author, which I read complete. This had got that years Booker and was getting highlighted in the media. I used to think by that time that writers, worthy of reading, were only those, who were eithe [...]

    10. I have just this minute finished this book and I can already tell that it will be one of those books that I will think about often. It's not a book whose plot I can easily explain, or a book that I can easily fit into a particular genre on my shelves, but my God did it pack a powerful punch. I have hardly been able to put it down between sittings.The books is narrated via a letter from Balram Halwai, a slum-dweller-turned-driver-turned-murderer-turned-entrepreneur, to the Chinese President befor [...]

    11. Best contemporary novel I've read this year. Antidote for the pastel lyricism of most mainstream novels coming out of India and a wonderful social satire with savage bit. Kind of like Terry Southern's best work if he hadn't been all weeded up and goofy.An image from it that sticks with me is how Ghandi's image gets appropriated by the current Indian bureaucracy. Whenever the narrator encounters the hanging Ghandi portrait he sees it as a symbol of "bribes work here, corruption at work". Perhaps [...]

    12. I've read this book while it was still unpublished manuscript and fell in love immediately Because it gave me the same pleasure as Vikas Swarup's Q&A

    13. The White Tiger, Aravind Adigعنوان: ببر سفید؛ نویسنده: آراويند آديگا؛ مترجم: نازنین میرصادقی؛ تهران، ایرانبان، 1387، بدون شماره گذاری، شابک: 9789642980673؛ داستانهای نویسندگان هندی قرن 21 معنوان: ببر سفید؛ نویسنده: آراويند آديگا؛ مترجم: مژده دقیقی؛ تهران، نيلوفر، 1389، در 286 ص، شابک: 9789644484377؛ عنوان: [...]

    14. Onvan : The White Tiger - Nevisande : Aravind Adiga - ISBN : 1416562591 - ISBN13 : 9781416562597 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2008

    15. "If we were in India now, there would be servants standing in the corners of this room and I wouldn't notice them. That is what my society is like, that is what the divide is like."--Aravind AdigaThe White Tiger, The Man Booker Prize winner of 2008, has unsettled critics and readers alike. It is a provocative book as it paints an unflattering portrait of India as a society racked by corruption and servitude, exposing the country's dark side. This grim world is far removed from the glossy images [...]

    16. This was a great, darkly humorous book a friend recommended to me stating that it was her favourite book of 2012. I can definitely see why. In this novel we find Balram Halwai, a sweetmaker from a small Indian village. He is from a low caste and finds a job working as a servant/driver to a rich Indian man. Halwai eventually escapes from his caste in a very unconventional way; by killing his boss. He then narrates his actions to the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, whom he admires greatly. This book [...]

    17. I quite enjoyed the book. I was engaged cover-to-cover; it opened my eyes to much of the Indian culture, including paan chewing, Rickshaw pulling, and the closeness of extended families. It even gave me a brief visual tour of Delhi, where most of the story happened. The book particularly portrayed the darker side of the booming India from the perspective of socially and economically disadvantaged population. I naturally would give more credence to the local author, but 10 years have passed since [...]

    18. It’s taken me a while to decide how I feel about this one, which is probably an indication that I didn’t really engage with the book.The novel is written in the first person and is essentially epistolary (written to the Chinese leader; I found this way of presentation quite clumsy). It concerns Balram Halwai who is brought up in poverty in a small village, son of a rickshaw driver who dies from TB. Balram’s journey takes him from the village and menial jobs, to the job of driver-cum-servan [...]

    19. A stunning first person narrative about a self-proclaimed murderer and entrepreneur. Balram Halwai, the complex narrator of the book, describes, in an obsessive, single-focued, unapologetic letter, his journey out of poverty from the Indian Darkness. It is a story about ambition, corruption, and power -- an amazing story about how one person in a country of servitude escapes his own station to become a man. Is he a visionary? Is he an iconoclast? Is he an amoral monster? The reader goes on a ver [...]

    20. I was travelling one evening by train from Yeovil Junction in Somerset to Woking in Surrey and noticed that one of the passengers, a woman with long beautiful curly hair, was buried in 'The White Tiger'. On English trains you have a corridor opposite the toilets, also used for storing bicyles on the journey, where there are also two or three collapsible and uncomfortable seats. It is rather noisy but this was where the girl with curly hair was sitting and for the two hours of the journey she bar [...]

    21. يقول الراحل ممدوح عدوان في كتابه حيونة الإنسان: والمسألة هي أنني أرى أن عالم القمع، المنظم منه والعشوائي، الذي يعيشه إنسان هذا العصر هو عالم لا يصلح للإنسان ولا لنمو إنسانيته. بل هو عالم يعمل على حيونة الإنسان.على الرغم من أن الرواية هي مجرد حكاية، إلا أنها تبنى على قواعد صلب [...]

    22. Postcolonial lite. I feel like this is what I'm supposed to be reading while I listen to MIA and rock last season's mirrored "ethnic chic" from Urban Outfitters. To show that, you know, I'm a citizen of the world, and a really hip westerner who gets the shifting forces of globalization. did I feel a bit pandered to? I did feel a bit pandered to. Just a bit, now. Oh, this book was okay.Fine, actually it was an entertaining and engaging rags-to-riches story about injustice and inequality in a chan [...]

    23. I don't know how many people on have live-in servants. For those living in the West, I suspect very few if any. That peculiar institution has died out there, and most would now find it intrusive and demeaning. The institution is, however, quite alive and well in many parts of Asia where maids--usually from the Philippines, Sri Lanka or Indonesia--form part of the family nucleus. I do say "family nucleus" because a lucky or successful maid will insinuate herself into the family such that she bec [...]

    24. MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2008 // Don't let the book's cover fool you: Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" is an unfaltering, angry critique of modern Indian society. There's nothing playful and cute here, and the blurb's choice of words, particularly "mischief" and "endearing", are absolutely out of place. The novel's protagonist Balram, a poor countryboy, escapes his miserable, degrading life as a servant by becoming a murderer and a thief, and goes on to succeed as a businessman in Bangalore (no spoiler [...]

    25. I don't have strong positive or negative feelings about this. I listened to the audiobook over the course of a few days, and while the narrator was good and the writing was at times funny and satirical, it left me sort of uninterested. I could imagine this being a good book to dive into and analyze in a class setting, but as a personal read I didn't find it very memorable. 2.5 stars

    26. This is the kind of book that many people try to write and few succeed at. The White Tiger is an awesome book and anyone who is even remotely interested in India will enjoy it. The author is a former Time magazine writer and the first great thing he accomplishes is painting an effortless picture of modern India, from its poorest slums to the wealthier areas where more Westernized Indians make a living doing computer and telephone work for American companies (and then go spend their salaries at s [...]

    27. There was a time when I stopped reading Indian novels. I just couldn’t read another sari&curry story about women and all their problems. All these books started to blend in my head into one behemoth of a novel.So when I read on the back of ‘White Tiger’ that ‘unlike almost another Indian novel you might have read in recent years, this page-turner offers a completely bald, angry, unadorned portrait of the country as seen from the bottom of the heap; there’s not a sniff a saffron or [...]

    28. I have had this book on my shelf for a few years to read and finally decided to pick it up. I have a fascination with India - watching movies about India and reading books taking place in India. I really enjoyed reading this book, though at times I found it difficult to continue. The story of how the poor live in India is heartbreaking and sometimes hard to understand. I look forward to reading more from Aravind Adiga.

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