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A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. “This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before” (John Burdett, Bangkok 8).

The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is 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.

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The White Tiger
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A dark, yet fun read
November 1st, 2014
An entertaining, easy read of hard topics set within India’s many vivid layers. The charming narrator serves up harrowing tales with casual grace. His clever style makes this book a page-turner. Also, he makes you question not only him but the morality of it all.
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The white tiger.
July 19th, 2014
... uh uh, was quite interesting start, but then, the repeat came in... I made it to page 76... and just lost interest of this repeating it self story essay. Sorry. Not my type....
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January 24th, 2014
A very interesting story that highlights the struggle of the down-troddens in a rapidly developing society, and how some can succeed through determination and ruthlessness.
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