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The white tiger: Aravind Adiga

The white tiger: Aravind Adiga

Adiga, Aravind

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his master."The White Tiger" presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking - from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, "The White Tiger" is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator - amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing. "'In the grand illusions of a 'rising' India, Aravind Adiga has found a subject Gogol might have envied. With remorselessly and delightfully mordant wit The White Tiger anatomizes the fantastic cravings of the rich; it evokes, too, with starting accuracy and tenderness, the no less desperate struggles of the deprived.' Pankaj Mishra"

Hardback, Book. English. Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945).
Published London : Atlantic Books : [distributor] TBS The Book Service Ltd : [distributor] United Book Distributors : [distributor] United Book Distributors : [distributor] Booksite Afrika 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Aravind Adiga
Distributor: London: Atlantic Books; [distributor] TBS The Book Service Ltd; [distributor] United Book Distributors; [distributor] United Book Distributors; [distributor] Booksite Afrika, 2008
ISBN: 1843547201, 9781843547204
Note: Hardback.
Biography: Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974. He has lived in India, Australia, America and the UK. He has worked for the Financial Times in New York and for Time in India. His short story collection, Between the Assassinations, was published by Picador India in 2007. The White Tiger is his first novel.
Physical Description: 336 p. ; 21x15 cm.
Subject: General.; Delhi (India); Boys
Award: Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008
Award: Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Borders Author of the Year 2009
Award: Shortlisted for John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2008
Award: Shortlisted for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009
Award: Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults 2009.