White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Free Press, 2008
I just finished reading this winner of the Man Booker Prize. And I have to say I was riveted by the writing and the story. Told over a seven day period, the narrator (Balram Halwai) pulls the reader into the dark and disturbing world of present-day India. From the poorest of the poor to the middle class wealthy, we are taken on a ride that is never voyeuristic but always engaging and upsetting. The raw and vivid portrayal of this country is guaranteed to shake you up your paradigm. I’m left with questions about morality and freedom. Adiga presents a compelling case for his character’s desire to be truly free.
(I remind you that I’m eliminating cover art for blog entries, except for the cover judging. But I am making the titles active links that will take you to that page with full book description and cover art. Enjoy.)