The White Tiger is a fictional novel about Balram Halwai. Born in the slums of India, Balram was destined to be a common servant. That was until he caught his lucky break. He became the driver for a wealthy landlord (a driver is similar to a servant but with a more desirable paycheck) and, against all odds, he later became a successful entrepreneur. But Balram is not just a businessman, he is also a murderer. Sitting beneath his chandelier, Balram unravels an astonishing tale in the form of a letter to the premier of China.
The White Tiger is Aravind Adiga's "blazingly savage and brilliant" debut novel. In less than 300 pages, Balram "The White Tiger" Halwai narrates his life's story "with a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected". Despite being a murderer I could not help but feel sympathetic for Balram while at times he could seem arrogant and out-of-touch with his sanity.
There were a few areas in the book where the narrative jumped backwards to unspecified times but overall I felt this novel read smoothly. It is an entertaining, informative, and darkly humourous perspective of India, religion, and morals.
I give this book a Thumbs Up. Anyone who liked Slum Dog Millionaire should read this book.
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