At the end of the novel, Balram predicts that brown and yellow men [will be] at the top of the pyramid, and well rule the world. Certainly, The White Tiger is a parable of the new India, a rapidly growing global powerhouse of middle-class call centers juxtaposed against crushing class conflict and corruption. In contrast with other Indian authors, Adiga does not sentimentalize such conflict; instead, like Richard Wrights Native Son, to which the novel was compared, he shows how savvy manipulators can rise above it. Most critics thought that Adiga brilliantly told this story with wit and pathos. A few, however, thought that he lectured in parts, caricatured extreme wealth and poverty, and missed an opportunity to say something meaningful about Balrams desperation instead of mocking upper-class life. Either way, Adiga is an author to watch.
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Compelling, angry, and darkly humorous, The White Tiger is an unexpected journey into a new India. Aravind Adiga is a talent to watch. -- Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist

An exhilarating, side-splitting account of India today, as well as an eloquent howl at her many injustices. Adiga enters the literary scene resplendent in battle dress and ready to conquer. Let us bow to him. -- Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutantes Handbook

The perfect antidote to lyrical India. - Publishers Weekly

This fast-moving novel, set in India, is being sold as a corrective to the glib, dreamy exoticism Western readers often get...If these are the hands that built India, their grandkids really are going to kick Americas ass...BUY IT. - New York Magazine

Darkly comic...Balrams appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling. - The New Yorker

Aravind Adigas The White Tiger is one of the most powerful books Ive read in decades. No hyperbole. This debut novel from an Indian journalist living in Mumbai hit me like a kick to the head -- the same effect Richard Wrights Native Son and Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man had. - USA Today

Extraordinary and brilliant... At first, this novel seems like a straightforward pulled-up-by-your-bootstraps tale, albeit given a dazzling twist by the narrators sharp and satirical eye for the realities of life for Indias poor... But as the narrative draws the reader further in, and darkens, it becomes clear that Adiga is playing a bigger game... Adiga is a real writer - that is to say, someone who forges an original voice and vision. There is the voice of Halwai - witty, pithy, ultimately psychopathic... Remarkable... I will not spoil the effect of this remarkable novel by giving away ... what form his act of blood-stained entrepreneurship takes. Suffice to say that I was reminded of a book that is totally different in tone and style, Richard Wrights Native Son, a tale of the murderous career of a black kid from the Chicago ghetto that awakened 1940s America to the reality of the racial divide. Whether The White Tiger will do the equivalent for todays India - we shall see. - Adam Lively, The Sunday Times (London)

Fierce and funny...A satire as sharp as it gets. - Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

There is a new Muse stalking global narrative: brown, angry, hilarious, half-educated, rustic-urban, iconoclastic, paan-spitting, word-smithing--and in the case of Aravind Adiga she hails from a town called Laxmangarh. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like youve never heard it before. Adiga is a global Gorky, a modern Kipling who grew up, and grew up mad. The future of the novel lies here. - John Burdett, author of Bangkok 8

Adigas training as a journalist lends the immediacy of breaking news to his writing, but it is his richly detailed storytelling that will captivate his audience...The White Tiger echoes masterpieces of resistance and oppression (both The Jungle and Native Son come to mind) [and] contains passages of startling beauty...A book that carefully balances fable and pure observation. - Lee Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle

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