Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 292 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
First Published: 2008
The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.
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.
Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is 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.
Quotes from The White Tiger
The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave.
It’s amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.
The story of a poor man’s life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.
A White Tiger keeps no friends. It’s too dangerous.