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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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Jul 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: man-booker-prize, asian-literature, book-club-literary-exploration, 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die, 2000s, books-to-aquire
Read from May 31 to June 03, 2011

The White Tiger is the splendid debut and Man-Booker Prize winning novel by Aravind Adiga which gives the world a glimpse of the life of a servant in modern day India trying to escape the darkness and become free. The book covers the harsh truths of a modern global economy and its crushing effects on the working class. With themes ranging from poverty, religious tensions, families all the way to political and police corruption in this booming country.

The protagonist, Balram Halwai is a thinking man, an Entrepreneur, telling his story of escaping the darkness and coming to the light. I really love the analogy of been in the darkness (referring to being a part of the working class and living in the slums) and seeking the light (rich and well off). Balram become a driver for a wealthy business man in the coal industry where he learns about the ways of the world and the classes. Balram tries to be a good Indian, looking after his family, been a good servant, not drinking, praying to his gods. But slowly corruption seeps in and you can see Balram been effected by this new world around him as he slowly sinks into this world; while trying to escape pressures of been a servant.

This book has a mix of dark elements and comedy, continually provoking thought and insight into a world that is unknown to me. It also jammed back with phrases I’ve heard and not heard before while in my job as a technical support agent, for example I’ve heard the phrase ‘do the needful’ before but never outside of a support ticket that has been returned from a vendor in India, so it was weird and comforting to know that it is an actual phrase in India. I really enjoyed this book and while I may not read it again, it was defiantly worth the journey it took me on.
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message 1: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim After your review I had a look and found this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_the_n...

Michael Interesting

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