Philomena’s Bookclub Blog

July 2013

Book Title: The White Tiger  

Author: Aravinda Adiga

Quote: Iqbal, that great poet was so right. The moment you recognise what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. (page 275)

What we liked about the book

This was an interesting but not particularly easy or pleasurable read. It provides insights into the social strata of India, especially the lack of trust and endemic corruption in all levels of society as it is propelled into greater economic prosperity. Inequality, poverty and lack of education are shown to be the key factors keeping people in ‘the Darkness’ with democracy a mirage. These things are highlighted by the writer in his address to the Chinese leader. The narrative raises issues of an individual’s choices and their consequences, and whether there can be freedom in a society where caste is still entrenched.

What we did not like about the book

We were prepared to give this a rating of 8 out of 10 even though it was not one of our favourites.

We did note a parallel in the story with the car accident in The Great Gatsby, whether this was intentional or not.

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