Friday, April 17, 2009

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

The Man Booker Prize has been a reliable predictor of novels; they're always excellent. This is no exception.

White Tiger puts an "modern day India / technology changes the nation / stark distinctions of rich and poor / caste system" spin on the ages old rags to riches story line. In brief: our hero goes from poor, uneducated servant class to modern day entrepreneur, but has to kill to do so. (Don't fear, I haven't given away anything to which the author would object.)

This well written book captured my interest. Probably as Westerners we should be cautious to not try to read too much into this as a depiction of India, but rather enjoy it as the novel it is. Think of it as in the Slumdog Millionaire genre if you'd like.