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The White Tiger

5 Audio CDs , Running Time: 360 min

by Aravind Adiga , Read by Kerry Shale

Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 11 December 2008
Prizes: Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008.
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Borders Author of the Year 2009.
Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009.
Shortlisted for John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2008.
Shortlisted for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009.

Meet Balram Halwal, the 'White Tiger': servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells his story...Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape of breaking away from the banks Mother Ganga, into whose murky depths have seeped the remains of a hundred generations. His big chance comes when a rich village landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son, daughter-in-law, and their two Pomeranian dogs. From behind the wheel of a Honda, Balram first sees Delhi. The city is a revelation. Amid the cockroaches and call-centres, the 36,000,004 gods, the slums, the shopping malls and the crippling traffic jams, Balram's re-education begins. Caught between his instinct to be a loyal son and servant, and his desire to better himself, he learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. As the other servants flick through the pages of Murder Weekly, Balram begins to see how the Tiger might escape his cage. For surely any successful man must spill a little blood on his way to the top? THE WHITE TIGER is a take of two Indias. Balram's journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.

What the papers say:
"The must have audio this month - a tale of two Indias: the rich and the poor, the light and the dark." DAILY EXPRESS "Balram's rise from rickshaw-puller's son to mega-successful Bangalore entrepreneur is a psychological crime thriller stuffed with uncomfortable insights into the ugly underbelly of India's political and social divisions ... Brilliantly savage." OBSERVER "Moving, illuminating, funny and shocking, and written with huge measures of heart and intellect, Adiga's novel was a worthy winner of last year's Man Booker prize." SUNDAY TIMES "I'm now going to say how brilliantly Kerry Shale reads the new Man Booker prize winner about a ruthless rickshaw-puller's son. ..He's ruthless, but he's also hugely engaging and, most of all, funny. Shale's accent doesn't detract, it enhances. It's what good audiobooks are all about." -- Sue Arnold GUARDIAN "On the page, this novel is a worthy winner of the Man Booker prize ... yet it ups its game a thousandfold when read by the truly phenomenal Kerry Shale. It's near impossible to believe that one person could bring a cast of magnificently various Indian voices so raucously to life. But he does. It is a tour de force." -- Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Author's Biography:
KERRY SHALE's stage credits include HIS GIRL FRIDAY (National Theatre) and FROST/NIXON (West End). TV credits include DR WHO and LIFE'S TOO SHORT. Recent films include A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING. He has won three Sony Radio Awards, the APA Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (UK) and the Audie Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (USA). His audio books include two winners of the Man Booker Prize, LIFE OF PI and THE WHITE TIGER. Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974 and was raised in Australia. He studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities. A former correspondent in India for TIME Magazine, his articles have also appeared in publications like the FINANCIAL TIMES, the INDEPENDENT, and the SUNDAY TIMES. He lives in Mumbai.

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