Adinga’s debut novel makes for enticing reading because the main character is so different from what you expect from a main character that it is almost shocking. It is not every day that you listen to a first person narrator and really have the impression that you are in contact with a real person. This is characterization at its best!
How close to reality is the social scenario depicted in the book only some Indians can tell, but for us as readers, it doesn’t really matter that much. What is important is the plot and the execution. It’s straightforward, punchy, crispy, at times moving, at times revolting and wholly surprising if you don’t know much of the cultural background where the novel takes place.
Adiga, A. (2008) The White Tiger. London: Atlantic Books.