Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize!
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.
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.
Dark, intelligent, edgy and thouroughly enjoyable to read, this story is encapsulating. Unapologetically relentless in its observations of India’s class structure, this book cuts to the heart of the issues separating rich from poor in India. With gripping pace and thoughtful content, this sarcastic and darkly humorous story coldly proves that for the clever opportunist, even the most despairing situations can have hope…as long as you can stomach the consequences of taking what you need.