The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

April 5, 2016 Whitney Review 10 Comments

The White Tiger by Aravind AdigaThe White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Published by Free Press on April 22, 2008
Genres: General Fiction
Source: Bought

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.

The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, and 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.

Quick Impressions

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is the life story of Balram Halwai living in modern-day India.  The author gives the reader an account of Bslram Halwai’s life.  Thus showcasing how he became a successful entrepreneur by lying, cheating and even killing his way to the top. Based on this The White Tiger sounds like this would be drama driven book.  The novel keeps you reading even though you know from the back cover that Balram eventually kills his employer. Personally, I consider this book to be a dramedy.  Even though there is a tragedy around the corner, Aravind Adiga still has you laughing at little witticisms and descriptions of everyday life in India told through the eyes of a working class citizen.


10 responses to “The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

  1. Katiria Rodriguez

    This is actually the very first time I hear about this book, but your review has really intrigued me and peeked my interest in this book. I tell you the truth I haven’t read a book quite like this one yet but it really looks and sounds like a really great book ! Great Review and Thank you for your awesome post.

    • I went through a small phase where I read several Booker Prize winners and The White Tiger happened to be one of them. It is a very interesting character driven story, and I thought it was uniquely written. I hope you get the chance to read it!

    • It was a very interesting look into daily working class life. In regards to the death of his employer, finding out the answer to that kept me reading, and was a great ride there.

  2. I don’t know why but I’m a sucker for books and movies set in modern-day India. Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂
    I LOVE THAT BOOK! love love it! I’ll have the review drafted just need to schedule it. And Scarlet is on my nightstand waiting for me to finish The Stars Never Rise. Maybe we can read the second book together so we can chat about it 🙂

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge