posted on Jun, 8 2009 @ 10:30 AM
Once in a while, a novel comes around that imparts a message -- delivers truth -- at such a sublime level..... in such a subtle manner... that one
doesn't even realize it. The 2008 Booker Mann award winner, White Tiger, by Avarind Adiga, is such a book.
The novel is written in the form of a letter -- a confession really -- which relates the thoughts of a chauffeur in India. At times, hilariously
funny, the book uses 'black humor' to express the social conditions in India and, by extension, in China and throughout the rest of the world.
White Tiger makes some profound statements about Socialism, Capitalism and the social mechanisms that help maintain the status quo
within these systems and within the social structures we find in operation throughout the world.
A fascinating read. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in trying to understand how the inherent societal structures come to
limit people, keeping them within castes or social levels. I know, I know....sounds dry, right? Well this book is anything but dry. It's written
in a style, evoking such ideas that it's actually a very funny, almost comical romp through the slums and underbelly of Indian poverty, political
graft and corruption, murder, religion and slavery. It' s hard to imagine any book being able to tackle this range of topics while, simultaneously,
entertaining the reader with passage after passage inciting laughter.