The White Tiger – Quick Review

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Aravind Adiga China.png

Atlantic Books (2008), 292 pages

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008

The White Tiger is a fast paced look at one Indian’s rise from a humble background to become a wealthy businessman in an increasingly globalised society.  Adiga’s narrator, Balram Halwai, tells his story by writing letters to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.  The corruption of the Indian political, economic, and caste systems are key to Halwai’s success.  He abuses people and commits crimes with impunity through his ability to distribute bribes when required.  Halwai is blithely amoral in his dealings with other people.  The White Tiger shows the pitfalls of unregulated globalised capitalism.

8/10

Related Links

Guardian interview with the author

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