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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger takes the form of seven letters from Bangalore businessman Balram Halwai to the Chinese premier who is scheduled to visit India. In these letters, he tells his rags-to-riches story, how he overcame the poverty of the poor village in the countryside to being a success in the New India. Part of his journey involved being a driver to a rich family in New Delhi, where he learned that success often involves corruption, cruelty, and a different set of rules than those that apply to the impoverished who work for them. Balram is convinced that the miracle economies of India and China mean the end of the era of the white men. At the same time, he exposes the seamier aspects that will leave many of their populace behind. Aravind Adiga's debut novel has received positive reviews with The Independent saying, "The truth, as it begins to emerge, is as shocking as it is fantastic. It's a rich subject, and Adiga mines all its darkly comic possibilities. Halwai's voice – wised-up, mordant, sardonic, self-mocking and utterly without illusions – is as compelling as it is persuasive, and one of the triumphs of the book."
Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize
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