Review–The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
Summary: Set in a raw and unromanticized India, The White Tiger—the first-person confession of a murderer—is as compelling for its subject matter as it is for the voice of its narrator: amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.

Source: I purchased the book as a gift and the recipient sent it back to be shared. =)

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The White Tiger was incredibly interesting and I can see why it caused an uproar in India. It doesn’t paint a very good picture, but I appreciated what it was trying to say. I loved the perspective of Balram, though I didn’t connect with him as a character. I was interested in his narration of the events, though.

I don’t know how much of the story has any truth to it as far as the living conditions of India. I know little about India. But I thought it was an interesting piece that gave me a lot of insight into a society where the gap between the rich and poor is so large.

I enjoyed the way it was written. It may have catered to Westerners, but the narrator did a wonderful job of being sarcastic and witty. While Balram wasn’t a character I respected, his story was one that I was anxious to hear and I kept turning the pages. Who doesn’t love a good novel about corruption and politics and unrest? I really like the fact that it addressed the way technology seems to work in India. In the same towns with dirt roads and huts there are cell phones and shopping malls and that’s such a strange thing to me. I also enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t a romanticized image of India, as most of the novels set in India tend to be.

I like the way the book was written and I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it.