About the book
The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, “tomorrow.”
Review by Sandy Lane book group:
A revealing and at times shocking or unsettling first novel whose subject matter did not have universal appeal amongst our readers, several of whom did not complete the book. Interesting and unusual first person narrative. Revealing insight into the caste system and its influence on contemporary Indian society as well as into a rapidly developing society and the many contrasts therein.
Star rating: **