[The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE

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The White Tiger

FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY SUMMARY The White Tiger 107 Introducing a major literary talent The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit blistering suspense and uestionable morality told by the most volatile captivating and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen Balram Halwai is a complicated man Servant Philosopher Entrepreneur Murderer Over the course of seven nights by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life having nothing but his own wits to help him along Born in the dark heart of India Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for his village's wealthiest man two house Pomeranians Puddles and Cuddles and the rich man's very unlucky son. This review contains what may be spoilers Even though I do not think it will spoil your reading experience I am putting the warning here because one reader pointed it out Before I begin my review a statutory warning to all my patriotic Indian brothers and sisters this is India bashing large scale If you are the sort of person who gets all worked up when any aspect of India is criticised this book is not for youThat said Arvind Adiga bashes India where it has to be bashed No honest reader will be able to dispute that the picture of India he paints is a false one You will find the majority of Indians embarassedly changing the topic when Bihar the state Adiga names Darkness enters the conversation Most of the things he mentions are not only possible but probable and even likely You only have to read any Indian newspaper over the period of a week to know itBut I believe the author fails in the creation of Munna alias Balram Halwai the protagonist because his voice is totally out of character with the person It is the supercilious voice of a Westernised Indian detached from his home country by education and station in life that comes through The street smart Munna who murdered his employer and set up his business in Bangalore will talk in an entirely different way for example he will never say five hundred thousand rupees he ll say five lakhs Here the character just becomes a mouthpiece for the authorSecondly Adiga goes overboard in criticising India so that some of his examples become rather extreme the immediate one that comes to mind is the schoolteacher boozing and sleeping in the classroom In some other cases they are downright silly Balram buys a dosa and throws out all the potatoes before giving to Mukesh whereas he could have bought a dosa easily without the potatoes these are two varieties It also confirms the opinion I formed of Adiga from his bio that he is that type of Indian Lord Macaulay wanted to create Indian only by birth but English in spiritLastly the story failed to hold my interest Take out all the social criticism and it is nothing but a hollow shell And the gimmicks like framing it as a letter to the Chinese premier are trite to the point of being nauseatingThe only thing that forced me to give two stars to this work is some of the pithy statements Adiga makes about Indian society Especially the ones about how caste ridden India was a zoo with all animals in separate cages when the British let them all out so now only the ones with the big bellies and the ones with the small bellies are left about automobile horns during a traffic jam joining together to form a single wail like a lost calf wailing for its mother and the one about how the major diseases India faces are cholera typhoid and election fever though I would also include cricket

SUMMARY The White Tiger

FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY SUMMARY The White Tiger 107 The worshippers; the ancient and Internet cultures; the water buffalo and trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is almost impossible the white tiger And with a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create virtue and money doesn't solve every problem but decency can still be found in a corrupt world and you can get what you want out of life if you eavesdrop on the right conversations The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition scope and narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own Amoral irreverent deeply endearing and utterly contemporary this novel is an international publishing sensation and a startling provocative debut. The perfect companion piece to Slumdog Millionaire and if you didn t like that movie you won t like this book for the same reasons It s a no nonsense bulldozing mordant splenetic jackhammer of a story written as a tough slangy 300 page fast reading monologue It s a novel of information not art It tells you all about modern India with a traditional rags to riches fable Our hero murders his employer unapologetically and that s how he gets his riches This is not rocket science This is smashing a guy over the head with a broken bottle of Johnny Walker But 90% of the book is not really the story it s an anguished howl of rage about a distance of eighteen inches In India and indeed in other places too the Rich and the Poor inhabit different universes But the rich hire some of the poor as servants This novel is the story of a servant who was a driver In the car the driver is separated from his employer the word used here is Master by the short distance of 18 inches But economically psychologically medically it s really 400 light years as we know And yet every day there they are cheek by jowl 18 inches apart the one regarding the other with irritated amusement or annoyance or contempt depending on mood and being reciprocated with fawning fear and even awe Our hero Balram is the rare beast white tiger who does not succumb to this fear and awe But it s a struggle and I was glad to be along for the rideIn the London Review of Books Sanjay Subrahmanyam almost trashes The White Tiger His main beef is the language of the novel What of Balram Halwai What does he sound like Despite the odd namaste daal paan and ghat his vocabulary is not sprinkled with North Indian vernacular terms His sentences are mostly short and crudely constructed apparently a reflection of the fact that we re dealing with a member of the subaltern classes He doesn t engage in Rushdian word play But he does use a series of expressions that simply don t add up He describes his office as a hole in the wall He refers to kissing some god s arse an idiomatic expression that doesn t exist in any North Indian language Half formed ideas bugger one another and make half formed ideas and the Chinese prime minister is advised never to let that blasphemous idea into your yellow skull On another matter he sneers They re so yesterday A clever little phrase appears A statutory warning as they say on cigarette packs before we begin Dogs are referred to as mutts Yet whose vocabulary and whose expressions are these On page after page one is brought up short by the jangling dissonance of the language and the falsity of the expressions This is a posh English educated voice trying to talk dirty without being able to pull it off This is not Salinger speaking as Holden Caulfield or Joyce speaking as Molly Bloom It is certainly not Ralph Ellison or James Baldwin whom Adiga has claimed as his models in speaking for the underdog What we are dealing with is someone with no sense of the texture of Indian vernaculars yet claiming to have produced a realistic textand then devastatinglyThe paradox is that for many of this novel s readers this lack of verisimilitude will not matter because for them India is and will remain an exotic place This book adds another brick to the patronising edifice it wants to tear downHe s right it didn t matter to me that a guy who doesn t speak English is represented as using hundreds of idiomatic English phrases But for me that problem is the same as the one posed by the uestion how can this first person narrator remember conversations in detail which happened years ago and anyway who the hell is she talking to ie it s a device we suspend our disbelief we do it all the time every time we watch a movie we could be asking ourselves but don t whose point of view is this all from Who gathered all those documents together to form the text known as the novel Dracula Well no one because Bram Stoker made it all up How could Clarissa have found the time to write all those long long letters in Clarissa And so on note Subrahmanyam was the only really dissident voice I found regarding The White Tiger so I thought his argument was worth consideringPostscriptThe White Tiger is the 9th Booker Prize Winner I ve read and redresses the balance between the Splendid this one Midnight s Children Remains of the Day and Sacred Hunger and the What Were They Thinking Life Times of Michael K Hotel Du Lac Possession Life of Pi and especially remarkably horrendously Vernon God Little

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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY SUMMARY The White Tiger 107 From behind the wheel of their Honda City car Balram's new world is a revelation While his peers flip through the pages of Murder Weekly Love Rape Revenge barter for girls drink liuor Thunderbolt and perpetuate the Great Rooster Coop of Indian society Balram watches his employers bribe foreign ministers for tax breaks barter for girls drink liuor single malt whiskey and play their own role in the Rooster Coop Balram learns how to siphon gas deal with corrupt mechanics and refill and resell Johnnie Walker Black Label bottles all but one He also finds a way out of the Coop that no one else inside it can perceive Balram's eyes penetrate India as few outsiders can the cockroaches and the call centers; the prostitutes and. I m not sure what I expected going into this book but it wasn t really this The book was very tongue in cheek and I could completely sympathize with our narrator even at the end The idealistic part of me was a little horrified and upset by a lot of it but I think it s pretty realistic and really made me think about the servantmaster dynamic in a way I hadn t considered before I m just torn about whether to rate it four stars or five because the ending felt a little anticlimactic but at the same time I feel that endings are always the hardest to write and a lot of times end up falling short so


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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE This review contains what may be spoilers Even though I do not think it will spoil your reading experience I am putting the warning here because one reader pointed it out Before I begin my review a statutory warning to all my patriotic Indian brothers and sisters this is India bashing large scale If you are the sort of

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    SUMMARY The White Tiger FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY They remain slaves because they can’t see what is beautiful in this world That’s the truest thing anyone saidEven as a boy I could see what was beautiful in the world I was destined not to stay a slave The White Tiger is a grim biting unsubtle look at 21st Century India stuck in the mire of a corrupt cynical past and debauching and slaughtering its way into a corrupt and cynical future told by a working class fellow

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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE The White Tiger Aravind AdigThe 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 landlor

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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE I'm not sure what I expected going into this book but it wasn't really this The book was very tongue in cheek and I could completely sympathize with our narrator even at the end The idealistic part of me was a little horrified and upset by a lot of it but I think it's pretty realistic and really made me think about the servantmaster dynamic in a way I hadn't considered before I'm just torn about whether to rat

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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY Well the stories of murderers and psychopaths are generally like cakes to most of usand i am no exception I either love such protagonists or hate them whole heartedly Coming to Balaram the situation is different I had never felt anything for him even after reading 300 pages I didn’t even hate him and I was completely indifferent towards him mainly because I felt that his character is artificial and inconsistent Every time I read

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    FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE The White Tiger of Bangalore is cunning fast intrepid the perfect symbol for this perfect novel that reminds the reader of characters like Scarface friends Antiheroes all Adiga's yarn is utterly engrossing; it's a mystery unraveled in the purest tradition of classic storytelling It has that picaresue uality which is one of

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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE SUMMARY The White Tiger The perfect companion piece to Slumdog Millionaire and if you didn't like that movie you won't like this book for the same

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    [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE Balram Halwai grew up in the Darkness the immense swath of rural India where the poor vastly outnumber the rich and where the right of the rich to oppress the poor is rarely uestionedBy dint of his intelligence and ambition he becomes the No 2 driver to a local landlord nicknamed The Stork and when he discovers the No 1 driver has been hiding a secret is able to displace him and eventually move to Delhi with the landlord's West

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    Aravind Adiga ì 7 SUMMARY FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga SUMMARY The White Tiger Really enjoyed this book and it goes in my top five favorite in a very cramped literary category along with City of Thieves Highly r

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    SUMMARY The White Tiger [The White Tiger] EBOOK / KINDLE FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì Aravind Adiga Ambition The White Tiger is a contemporary fictional account of ambition in an unbridled corrupt Indian society where rigid social class dictates what options are available Aravind Adiga arrived with the wave of fantastic Indian authors providing insights into their country and the restraints that shackle them to their caste system As India transitions from a developing country to a world leader in science and technology output it is strugg

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