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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The White Tiger

This book is about a poor boy who grows up in India. He originally was offered the chance to go to school and escape the life of poverty he was destined to lead, but because of his family's debts and poverty his life was derailed and he was sent to work in a tea shop.

The book is masterfully written. I loved the care that Aravind Adiga put into each sentence. All the details about India were complete and compelling, I could imagine myself in each place that he set the different parts of the story. This book also was the best plotted book I've read outside genre fiction in a long time. Most of the literary books I've been reading either have unsatisfying endings that sound like the author had reached page count and was ready to move onto the next project. Adiga paced this novel perfectly and when it comes to its Cask of Amontillado style ending you are in the perfect frame for the climax.

This book won the Man Booker prize in 2008 and I say it was well deserved. If you are looking for a good summer read I would highly recommend this book.