The White Tiger

The White Tiger

Audiobook CD - 2008
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No saris. No scents. No spices. No music. No lyricism. No illusions.

This is India now.

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life--having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for a wealthy man, two Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son.

Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger. And with a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, he teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem--but decency can still be found in a corrupt world, and you can get what you want out of life if you eavesdrop on the right conversations.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, Inc., p2008.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781400136650
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/ADIGA
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 07, 2018

Could only get into 1.5 hours of the book -- kept waiting for it to get better, judging from other comments. I found nothing to recommend it; did not find it humorous.

Jun 20, 2017

The reading of this audiobook is outstanding! You would think its read by the 'white tiger' himself! The book itself is somewhat conventionally structured, all of it summarized in the first chapter or day (of seven). The remainder blends the autobiography of the narrator with what amounts to an excoriating portrait of contemporary India: awful education; corrupt officials; corrupt police; social oppression and exploitation; caste, racial, sexual, and religious prejudices; just to name the most prominent features.

Dec 14, 2012

Absolutely one of the best books ever, and the audio version is the way to go on this one. Read by John Lee, (phenomenal narrator, who casts a completely different light on a book). This book offers so much valuable insight into class and status in India, human nature throughout the world.
I cannot praise the audio version of this enough, it will open your eyes to reading and challenging a completely different part of your brain.

smc01 Jun 14, 2012

If you want to read White Tiger, opt for this audio version. The narrator is perfect, and so funny and ironic when he needs to be. A great story that really paints a picture of life in Delhi.

samdog123 May 23, 2012

Aravind Adiga is one fine author, in my opinion. There have been many positive reviews about his latest title, "The Man in the Tower." I've been wanting to read "The White Tiger" for quite a while now. I was not disappointed. A wonderful, tongue in cheek view of India, from our main character, Balram Halvai. A driver for a weathly family, we see life from the servant's viewpoint. Balram has escaped the darkness and the rooster coop; he's now a big success. He documents how he did it for a visiting Chinese dignitary, in order to give him a viewpoint of capitalism. Many things I'll never forget in this book. The slovenly is presented as a fact of life and is not dwelled upon in any way. Humour abounds in this book. Balram is someone who makes it, despite all odds.

Dec 11, 2009

The irony and humor in the narrator's telling are the redeeming aspects of this sordid story.

The audiobook has some glaring mispronounciations, one example being "Ganja" for the river Ganga.


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