Thursday, December 11, 2008
The White Tiger
In his first novel, Aravind Adiga takes on some crazy intense issues: the unhappy division of social classes into haves and have-nots, the cultural imperialism of the First World, the powder-kegged anger that seethes among the world's dispossessed, and entrapment. But his skills as an author protect the novel from becoming one of those super-boring stories that focus only on educating readers. Not that I don’t enjoy being educated, but I don’t want to be bored out of my damn mind in the process either. The White Tiger entertains and gives pause for thought. Pause for thought? Yes, I stole that line from someone else.