🐯 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga⁠

👨 Throughout seven nights, Balram Halwai tells us the story of how he came to be a success in life: from his childhood in the Darkness, to his experience as a driver for his village’s wealthiest man, to owning his business. ⁠

❤️ I liked:⁠
✍️ How the book is written. There is nowhere to hide, Balram story, how and where he grows up, what happens around him, what he does to become an entrepreneur… all of this is not easy to accept. But who are we to judge? The book, though, is easy to follow and to read. Balram narration is half cynical half satiric, and it makes The White Tiger fast-paced and engaging.⁠

🤔 It made me think about:⁠
👉 Is the picture of India that the author paints a true one? Political corruption, cynism towards both past and future, the struggle between the Rich and the Poor, unpunished murderers… even family is perceived as negative by Balram. ⁠
👉 Balram considers himself a successful man, but is he, really? He ends up building his own car company, true. But, to get there, he murders his master, corrupts many police officers, has to live with the thought that his master’s father has killed all of Balram’s family… ⁠
👉 The Rooster Coop. This is Balram’s metaphor to describe India’s oppression. He compares India’s poor people to roosters in a coop watching one another get killed, unable or unwilling to escape. Similarly, India’s poor people see one another crushed by the inequality of Indian society but are unable to escape. ⁠

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 This book is very difficult to judge for me. It was easier to read than I thought, and I appreciated how Balram tells his story. Other than that, it really makes you think, leaving you with a lot of unanswered questions and with a sense of guilt and helplessness. ⁠

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