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The white tiger : a novel

by Aravind Adiga

  Print book : Fiction  |  1st Free Press hardcover ed

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prize winning book   (2009-06-04)

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by AnnetteDunlea

The White Tiger Escapes His Cage

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Book Review)

                The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga was published in 2008 by Atlantic Books.  This debut novel has won many literary awards Man Booker Prize and Galaxy Author of The Year. It is an evocative and unflattering account of modern India: its injustices and corruption. It is amoral tale written in a crudely contemporary style of writing. It is the voice of the oppressed poor. The divide between the rich and poor are spelled out clearly and in an irreverent and satirical way. It is a tale of two Indias: the rich and the poor two totally different worlds. One in slums with no education, electricity where the poor live in basements. The poor are exploited, abused and need to bribe police and politicians. Then they are the rich the fat bellies who are masters who exploit the poor. The main plot is how Balram Halwai rose from the darkness (rags) to riches and became an entrepreneur by murder. He kills his boss and stole millions of rupees and escaped to Bangalore .We learn this from his seven letters he wrote to the Premier of China spelling out the true facts of his corrupt India. Despite his vile actions he is portrayed as a clever and likable character with flaws forced upon him by the corrupt state he lives in. He has his own code of morality.  He is merely working the system.  I highly recommend this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.

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