The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger

Aravind Adiga

Balram Halwai, the White Tiger of the story, is writing an open letter to the Chinese Premier. Over the next seven nights the contents of the letter reveal the fascinating and extraordinary story of Balram's rise from servant to businessman in modern India. As he writes Balram exposes India through his own eyes as a place full of injustice and corruption in a portrait of his country that is funny, savagely honest and very vivid.

Extract

Never before in human history have so few owed so much to so many, Mr Jiabao. A handful of men in this country have trained the remaining 99.9 percent - as strong, as talented, as intelligent in every way - to exist in perpetual servitude; a servitude so strong that you can put the key of his emancipation in a man's hands and he will throw it back at you with a curse.
You'll have to come here and see it for yourself to believe it. Every day millions wake up at dawn - stand in dirty, crowded buses - get off at their masters' posh houses - and then clean the floors, wash the dishes, weed the garden, feed their children, press their feet - all for a pittance. I will never envy the rich of America or England, Mr Jiabao: they have no servants there. They cannot even begin to understand what a good life is.

Parallels
  • Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Books with similar mood

Tigerman

Nick Harkaway

My Name is Will

Jess Winfield

The Finkler Question

Howard Jacobson

All Families are Psychotic

Douglas Coupland

Come to the Edge

Joanna Kavenna

The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave

Kill Your Friends

John Niven

Diplomatic Act

Peter Jurasik

The 7th Function of Language

Laurent Binet

The Somnambulist

Jonathan Barnes

Six Black Candles

Des Dillon

Bear v Shark

Chris Bachelder

The Uninvited Guests

Sadie Jones

Down on Ponce

Fred Willard

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Claire North

The Woman Who Dived into the Heart of the World

Sabina Berman

Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs

Rodge Glass

The Lazarus Project

Aleksander Hemon

A Friend of the Earth

T C Boyle

One Three One: A Time-Shifting Gnostic Hooligan Road Novel

Julian Cope

The Cry of the Sloth

Sam Savage

Chalcot Crescent

Fay Weldon

The Godmother

Hannelore Cayre

Hark

Sam Lipsyte

Spaceman of Bohemia

Jaroslav Kalfar

The Golden House

Salman Rushdie

A Pleasure and a Calling

Phil Hogan

It's The Stars Will Be Our Lamps

Alan Walsh

Marvellous Hairy

Mark A Rayner

Evening is the Whole Day

Preeta Samarasan

To the Devil: A Diva!

Paul Magrs

Voyage to the End of the Room

Tibor Fischer

Trussed

Shiromi Pinto

The Tragedy of Arthur

Arthur Phillips

Vertigo

Ahmed Mourad

The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi

Jude in London

Julian Gough

The Great Perhaps

Joe Meno

Barking

Tom Holt

Top of the World Ma!

Michael Guinzberg

The Ministry of Special Cases

Nathan Englander

Melog

Mihangel Morgan

My Best Friend Has Issues

Laura Marney

The Price You Pay

Aidan Truhen

Early Riser

Jasper Fforde

The Brilliant & Forever

Kevin MacNeil

I'll Sell You a Dog

Juan Pablo Villalobos

The Gypsy Goddess

Meena Kandasamy

Breakfast with the Borgias

DBC Pierre