Monday, March 09, 2009
The White Tiger
The first thing that strikes you about "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga is the writing style. It reminded me of Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." The 'thinking aloud' approach adopted by Adiga is a highly effective tool and gets you involved with the character and the narrative in general.
Balram Halwai, a male servant coming from a poor background, is the protagonist of the book. How the city life corrupts him, like his master, and brings out his evil ambitions is the main theme of the novel. By inventing Balram Halwai, Adiga has managed to bring the dark side of India to the fore.
It's a well told story which manages to create the maximum impact with minimum characters! And with the Booker coming in, the maximum gain as well.