"Balram Halwai is a clever and resourceful narrator with a witty
and sarcastic edge that endears him to readers.... It's the perfect
antidote to lyrical India." -- "Publishers Weekly"
"Compelling, angry, and darkly humorous, "The White Tiger" is an unexpected journey into a new India. Aravind Adiga is a talent to watch." -- Mohsin Hamid, author of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"
"An exhilarating, side-splitting account of India today, as well as an eloquent howl at her many injustices. Adiga enters the literary scene resplendent in battle dress and ready to conquer. Let us bow to him." -- Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan" and "The Russian Debutante's Handbook"
"In the grand illusions of a 'rising' India, Aravind Adiga has found a subject Gogol might have envied. With remorselessly and delightfully mordant wit, "The White Tiger" anatomizes the fantastic cravings of the rich; it evokes, too, with startling accuracy and tenderness, the no less desperate struggles of the deprived." -- Pankaj Mishra, author of "Temptations of the West"
"Unlike almost any other Indian novel you might have read in recent years, this page-turner offers a completely bald, angry, unadorned portrait of the country as seen from the bottom of the heap; there's not a sniff of saffron or a swirl of sari anywhere.... [Narrator] Balram himself is an enticing figure...but even more impressive is the nitty-gritty of Indian life that Adiga unearths -- the corruption, the class system, the sheer petty viciousness." -- Andrew Holgate, "The Sunday Times" ( London)
"Darkly comic. . . Balram's appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling." --The New Yorker
"Fierce and funny...A satire as sharp as it gets." - Michael Upchurch, "The Seattle Times"
"Adiga's training as a journalist lends the immediacy of breaking news to his writing, but it is his richly detailed storytelling that will captivate his audience..."The White Tiger" echoes masterpieces of resistance and oppression (both "The Jungle" and "Native Son" come to mind) [and] contains passages of startling beauty...A book that carefully balances fable and pure observation." - Lee Thomas, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"There is a new Muse stalking global narrative: brown, angry, hilarious, half-educated, rustic-urban, iconoclastic, paan-spitting, word-smithing--and in the case of Aravind Adiga she hails from a town called Laxmangarh. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before. Adiga is a global Gorky, a modern Kipling who grew up, and grew up mad. The future of the novel lies here." - John Burdett, author of "Bangkok 8"
"Extraordinary and brilliant... At first, this novel seems like a straightforward pulled-up-by-your-bootstraps tale, albeit given a dazzling twist by the narrator's sharp and satirical eye for the realities of life for India's poor... But as the narrative draws the reader further in, and darkens, it becomes clear that Adiga is playing a bigger game... Adiga is a real writer - that is to say, someone who forges an original voice and vision. There is the voice of Halwai - witty, pithy, ultimately psychopathic... Remarkable... I will not spoil the effect of this remarkable novel by giving away ... what form his act of blood-stained entrepreneurship takes. Suffice to say that I was reminded of a book that is totally different in tone and style, Richard Wright's Native Son, a tale of the murderous career of a black kid from the Chicago ghetto that awakened 1940s America to the reality of the racial divide. Whether The White Tiger will do the equivalent for today's India - we shall see." - Adam Lively, "The Sunday Times" (London)
"The perfect antidote to lyrical India." - "Publishers Weekly"
"Darkly comic...Balram's appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling."- "The New Yorker"
""The White Tiger" echoes masterpieces of resistance and oppression (both "The Jungle" and "Native Son" come to mind) [and] contains passages of startling beauty." - Lee Thomas, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before. Adiga is a global Gorky, a modern Kipling who grew up, and grew up mad. The future of the novel lies here." - John Burdett, author of "Bangkok 8"
"This fast-moving novel, set in India, is being sold as a corrective to the glib, dreamy exoticism Western readers often get...If these are the hands that built India, their grandkids really are going to kick America's ass...BUY IT." - "New York Magazine"
"Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" is one of the most powerful books I've read in decades. No hyperbole. This debut novel from an Indian journalist living in Mumbai hit me like a kick to the head -- the same effect Richard Wright's "Native Son" and Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" had. - "USA Today"