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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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Dec 30, 08

bookshelves: booker-noms, read-in-2008, animals, colors
Recommended to S. by: my mother
Read in December, 2008

A tragicomedy but more tragi than funny. How can you not enjoy a book with a character named “Pinky Madam,” whose motto is “What a fucking joke.” And that pretty much wraps up the situation. Everyone acknowledges the farce, and plays along. Overall, the book gave me the feeling we’re doomed, though I was pretty sure of that.

I liked how the story was couched in a series of letters to the Chinese premier. Since China serves little purpose to the story beyond providing a comparison for India, this structure was a kind of weird aside, which nevertheless worked well, and humorously, and didn’t intrude on the narrative.

The protagonist’s service as a driver makes up the bulk of the book and is the most engaging part. You kind of wish he’d stick to the moral high ground even though it’s a graveyard. So when he doesn’t stick to it you can’t blame him. My mother complained about the end, but it worked for me, although it was a tad long-winded.


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12/24/2008 page 34
10.63% ""I don't keep a cell phone for obvious reasons - they corrode a man's brains, shrink his balls, and dry up his semen, as all of us know..."
12/27/2008 page 104
32.5% 3 comments
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message 1: by Tom (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tom A very helpful review, Sarah. Our book club is reading this novel for our next meeting. I'd never heard of it and was a tad skeptical, but your comments have piqued my interest now.

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