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2008 Booker Prize Winner

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

       
 

Publisher: Atlantic Books

Length: 321 pages

About: Pauper murders to escape poverty

Style: 1st person in a series of letters

Where: India

When: 2007

 

 

Publisher’s synopsis:

Meet Balram Halwai, the 'White Tiger': Indian servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer... Born in a remote Indian village, the son of a rickshaw-puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he smashes coals and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape, of breaking away from the banks of Mother Ganga into whose murky depths have seeped the remains of a hundred generations.

 

Extract:

The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them. They know they're next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get out of this coop. The very same thing is done with human beings in this country.

 

Reviews:

Good:

(An) extraordinary and brilliant first novel... At first, this novel seems like a straightforward pulled-up-by-your-bootstraps tale, albeit given a dazzling twist by the narrator's sharp and satirical eye for the realities of life for India's poor... But as the narrative draws the reader further in, and darkens, it becomes clear that Adiga is playing a bigger game...'

Adam Lively, Sunday Times

 

Not so good:

My hunch is this is fundamentally an outsider's view and a superficial one. There are so many alternative Indias, uncontacted and unheard. Adiga is an interesting talent. I hope he will immerse himself deeper in that country, then go on to greater things.

Kevin Rushby, The Guardian, April 2008

 

About the author

Born in India in 1974 and raised partly in Australia. He attended Columbia and Oxford universities. A former correspondent for Time magazine, he has also been published in the Financial Times. He lives in Mumbai, India.

 
 

 

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Ratings

Adventure

 7

Filmability

 8

Historical

 1

Humorous

 6

Intellectuality

 6

Life-changing

 7 

Page turner

 8 

Readability

 8 

Romance

 4

 

Age guide: 15

 

 

 

 

 

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Adaptations:

None to date

 

 

 

 

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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