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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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Jun 08, 2011

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The book White Tiger first caught my eye because it won the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, I sequentially noticed it on the NY times bestseller list a little while later. I decided to read this book for a couple different reasons. First reason, it was available for immediate check out at my library. Second reason, I was hoping for another book similar to Life of Pi which won the same prize in 2002 and also had an Indian theme.

I went into this book knowing near to nothing about it other than the afore mentioned facts. That being said, had I known the subject matter I probably would have passed on it, and I am glad that I didn’t.
The story is about self-proclaimed murderer and entrepreneur Balram Halwai. His journey out of the slums and poverty of the Indian “darkness” into the upper-middle class life in the “light”. The central running theme throughout the book is the servant-master codependent relationship, which is explored in depth.
I enjoyed the narrative voice in this book. It does have an original take on the viewpoint in which the story is written – first hand from the mouth of the murderer himself in the form of an unapologetic letter.

I am giving it 3 stars. It's worth a read but not really my personal cup of tea.
And I should note that this book is nothing like Life of Pi.
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Reading Progress

June 8, 2011 – Shelved
August 10, 2011 – Started Reading
August 12, 2011 –
page 100
August 16, 2011 – Finished Reading
June 25, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed

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