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Starred Review. First-time author Adiga has created a memorable tale of one taxi driver's hellish experience in modern India. Told with close attention to detail, whether it be the vivid portrait of India he paints or the transformation of Balram Halwai into a bloodthirsty murderer, Adiga writes like a seasoned professional. John Lee delivers an absolutely stunning performance, reading with a realistic and unforced East Indian dialect. He brings the story to life, reading with passion and respect for Adiga's prose. Lee currently sits at the top of the professional narrator's ladder; an actor so gifted both in his delivery and expansive palette of vocal abilities that he makes it sound easy. A Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (May)
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In this darkly comic début novel set in India, Balram, a chauffeur, murders his employer, justifying his crime as the act of a "social entrepreneur." In a series of letters to the Premier of China, in anticipation of the leaders upcoming visit to Balrams homeland, the chauffeur recounts his transformation from an honest, hardworking boy growing up in "the Darkness"those areas of rural India where education and electricity are equally scarce, and where villagers banter about local elections "like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra"to a determined killer. He places the blame for his rage squarely on the avarice of the Indian élite, among whom bribes are commonplace, and who perpetuate a system in which many are sacrificed to the whims of a few. Adigas message isnt subtle or novel, but Balrams appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling.
Marvelous Book! I found this book through Prof. Vinay Lal of UCLA who had this book as a required reading for one his courses. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Nester Pereira
This story provides an insight into the old Indian caste system as well as how India is changing in the modern world. It is entertaining as well as informative.Published 28 days ago by Mara Hodges
the novel didn’t disappoint me. It is interesting and educational, though not hard to take apart.The problem is I have no idea how true it is to Indian society. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bohdan Hodiak
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is a humorous, satirical, yet angry, story of life in India. The plot is based on Balram Halwai, a self described “entrepreneur” writing a letter... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Martin
I found this a most enjoyable read. The author takes the reader on a journey to today's India. The characters, locations, and drama, description of the culture and struggles of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Russo
A really great book. I had to read it for my politics and literature course and enjoyed it. The main character is witty and fun to follow although the use of "beak" is a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AJL21
I am not much of a book reader but I opted to purchase this at the suggestion of a friend who sang it's praises. The book is easy to read and a page-turner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Varun Gadhok
having lived in india for some time (specifically, in bangalore, when the boom was just beginning), i found the overall texture of the writer's depictions and discriptions of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by cabobobbo