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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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Nov 30, 11

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Read in February, 2009

The story is presented through a series of letters written by Balram. We learn that Balram is born into a poverty struck village in rural India.His story is one of ambition, corruption and his ruthless climb out of servitude and poverty. This 2008 Booker Prize winner is a compelling read. (Joan B., Reader's Services)

"Assistance sought in search for missing man,” begins the most wanted poster. Balram Halwai himself is that “missing man,” he explains to the Chinese Premier his letter: he was a former school boy, dragged out of school as a young teenager; he was also a former coal crusher at tea store and a former chauffuer in Delhi. But that was then…now he’s a self-made “entrepreneur” who keeps mysterious midnight hours in Bangalore: he’s a charismatic, unpredictable, eavesdropping entrepreneur—and a murderer! What internal and external forces led an innocent boy from the village of Laxmangarh to become a successful man with blood on his hands in a corrupt city? Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger was the recipient of the Man Book Prize literary award. (Russ K., Ref.)

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