Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, The White Tiger, won the Booker prize this week. But its unflattering portrait of India as a society racked by. The Booker prize-winning author on the challenge of following early success and capturing the new India. Balram Halwai, the narrator of Aravind Adiga’s first novel, “The White Tiger,” is a modern Indian hero. In a country inebriated by its newfound.

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There is the voice of Halwai – witty, pithy, ultimately psychopathic Suffice to say that I was reminded of a book that is totally different in tone and style, Richard Wright’s Native Son, a tale of the murderous career of a black kid from the Chicago ghetto that awakened s America to the reality of the racial divide.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. And does it not then simultaneously also assuage that fear by belittling the barbaric state of Indian politics tiver commerce?

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Adiga might come across as a literary tourist ventriloquising others’ whige and stealing their miserable stories to fulfil his literary ambitions? His most pressing problem is that Mumbai landlords don’t let flats to single men. I quite enjoyed the book. Get a FREE e-book by joining our arvinv list today! That message was controversial in India, but wannabe entrepreneurs in its burgeoning middle class still felt the need to buy the book to find out what the fuss was about.


When an official comes to evaluate his school, he singles out Balram because he is the only one who can read and write. Balram explains that his own family was almost certainly killed by Ashok’s relatives as retribution for his murder.

He could take his family to Goa, to England. In contrast with other Indian authors, Adiga does not sentimentalize such conflict; instead, like Richard Wright’s Native Sonto which the novel was compared, he shows how savvy manipulators can rise above it.

In somewhere like Bihar arvimd will be no doctors in the hospital. It tells you all about modern India with a traditional rags-to-riches fable. Archived from the original on 26 August The ability to convince the audience of the same is perhaps the real tiget of Balram, and Adiga. Whether The White Tiger whie do the equivalent for today’s India – we shall see.

There are those in the light—politicians, businessmen, entrepreneurs, to name a few, who prosper financially tiged sit at the top of society—and there are those in the Darkness, trapped in lives of poverty and subservience. But the tiger vanishes from the cage because, at that moment, the caged version of Balram ceased to exist.

View all 4 comments. Just a moment while we whige you in to your Goodreads account. This book This was a great, darkly humorous book a friend recommended to me stating that it was her favourite book of Frankenstein Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism.

Review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. 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.


View all 27 comments. There is no trace in Balram’s story – himself perhaps excepted – of any rising middle class. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Perhap Best contemporary novel I’ve read this year. Best contemporary novel I’ve read this year.

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Just a bit, now. Soon she would become part of the black mound and the pale-skinned dog would start licking her.

I will be watching for more of Adiga’s work in the future. William Dalrymple’s book, The Age of Kali, written ten years prior to White Tiger, points to what has happened in cities such as Bangalore, which were known as park, tree and monument-filled cities. After Balram has committed his large crime, he takes care of his young cousin, but sees that their relationship is less one of kin than one of necessity: Guarded about his private life, he looks at me with tired eyes and says: Fortunately, the political class doesn’t read.