Magazine article New Internationalist

The White Tiger

Magazine article New Internationalist

The White Tiger

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Atlantic Books, ISBN 978 1 84354 72° 4)

Top of the swaying piles of books that pedestrian street-hawkers navigate through Mumbai's traffic jams is Adiga's controversial first novel. Apart from winning the prestigious Man Booker prize in Britain, The White Tiger has also taken India by storm. But in his native land, Adiga's efforts have elicited admiration and anger in equal measure. For some, The White Tiger is a bold, honest work that unflinchingly 'tells the truth' about contemporary India; others have dismissed it as 'inauthentic' and peopled with 'grotesque caricatures'.

The first-person narrative is dominated by the book's hero, Balram Halwai, who is writing a letter to the Chinese Premier. The latter is about to visit India to find out about 'entrepreneurship' - something 'India Rising' has in abundance and China lacks. …

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