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The White Tiger



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Author
Adiga, Aravind
Descriptors
Black Humor
Businessmen
Chauffeurs
Criminal Behavior
Epistolary Novels
India
Modern Day
Murder
Political Corruption
Poverty
Satire
Self-discovery
Social Classes
Society in Transition
Location/Setting:
India
Time Period:
21st Century
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Summary
Balram Harwai recounts the tale of his transformation from lowly chauffeur and servant to a wealthy Indian entrepreneur in a letter to the Premier of China, who is scheduled to make an appearance in India. Taking it upon himself to expose the cruel realities of “Light” and “Dark” India and to teach the Premier what he has learned about entrepreneurship, Balram explains his own gruesome epiphany as simply a matter of doing business.
Critique
Writing in a plainspoken voice that is ferociously funny and greatly appealing despite its sometimes appalling depictions of human depravity, Adiga has created the perfect antihero for an India tempted by the promises of democracy and globalization. Highly recommended, especially for those looking for an irreverent story that, however crudely, quite literally speaks truth to power. (Debut) (2008 Man-Booker Prize Winner)
ISBN
9781416562597
  iBistro
# of Pages
276
Published
2008
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Reviewer's Initials: PJM DO


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