The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)

“Meet Balram Halwai, the ‘White Tiger’: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer. Balram, the White Tiger, was born in a backwater village on the River Ganges, the son of a rickshaw-puller. He works in a teashop, crushing coal and wiping tables, but nurses a dream of escape. When he learns that a rich village landlord needs a chauffeur, he takes his opportunity, and is soon on his way to Delhi behind the wheel of a Honda. Amid the cockroaches and call-centres, the 36,000,004 gods, the slums, the shopping malls, and the crippling traffic jams, Balram learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. Driven by desire to better himself, he comes to see how the Tiger might escape his cage…”   Nielsen Book Data Online

This Man Booker Prize Winner (2008) also won the  Galaxy British Book Awards: Borders Author of the Year 2009 and was shortlisted for the  John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2008, the Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009 and the Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award: Adults 2009.  It certainly flew off the bookshop shelves when published!

Mrs Walker, (Mr Walker’s wife), has read and enjoyed the book, and comments thus:

“This book offers an insight into Indian life and culture – contrasts in society; lots of humour;  interesting relationships; great believability.  A brutal, shocking, fantastic journey.  You can enjoy reading it, it’s refreshingly different.”

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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