Published by Free Press on April 22, 2008
Genres: General Fiction
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.
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.