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Meet Balram Halwai, the White Tiger servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer Balram 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 at the wheel of a Honda Amid today s India s cockroaches and call centres, its ,, gods, slums, shopping malls, and 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 through murder Published in the year of the credit crunch, six years before Arundhati Roy s Capitalism A Ghost Story appeared, it gives the lie to what she would later write there These stories about the poor, their amazing spirit and resilience, have no villains except the small ones who provide narrative tension and local colour p.37 On the contrary, The White Tiger is narrated by a villain It also scrutinises the rich It was a story wholly subversive of the Slumdog Millionaire school which Roy would decry As the narrator and protagonist says, You can t expect a man in a dung heap to smell sweet p.33 The White Tiger pretends to be epistolary, in letters addressed from the informal economy of India to the then premier of China The conceit is that the Chinese Communist Party is being given a business seminar by a survivor from its rival economy Like John Banville s murderer in The Book of Evidence , Balram knows what he has done Like Henry Fielding s Tom Jones , his tale is a picaresque though it stays within India His letters are written at night while he waits to start scamming over the internet.Balram depicts the incidental advantages of a government job p.33 and the snobbery of the new elite fawning over slimy politicians or complaining that their work is not clean from the back of a chauffeured car p.210 In the depiction of the American wife and the bourgeois Indian husband there is a fairly crude comment on the impropriety of upper middle class Indian ambition Balram also lampoons the Great Socialistthe voice of the poor of India p.268 whose real hopes are only for himself Everyone of all classes is in the same snake pit.Rather than morality the book has humour and realism It has no points for action There is no transformation in it Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh p.98 The book has laughter but not hope If the point of a Marxist critique of capitalism was that capitalism is degrading for both employer and worker though in ways much congenial to the employer , there s no strong view of humanity here It s a depiction of alienation without end which threatens to misfire, rather oddly as Mel Gibson s The Passion of the Christ did which showed the Passion without prelude or explanation and so risked misleading us into an obsession with squalor Readers would have to come supplied already with some world view which might make sense of this book, because its cynicism is all pervasive So in the end it does have a salon feel about it, but a salon in which Sortez les sortants is to everyone s taste That s not really enough. The book revolves around a poor boy who ends up in charge of a taxi company servicing call centres in india, to raise up to that point does many vile things, which the author does not condem, spits a lot of anti white propaganda, which doesn t even try to hide and makes many political comments which are unnecessary to the development of the story, not worth the money or the time spent reading it An excellent book that make you think about society and our role in it It is at the same time extremely sad and funny Correcto,, dentro de plazo y en buenas condiciones Les agradezco que el producto normalmente sea exactamente lo que uno espera.