29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A rare pleasure,
This review is from: The White Tiger (Paperback)
This little book came as quite a surprise to me. The standard of Indian literature being notoriously variable, I still never expected such a wonderfully assured novel in the mainstream.
It's not the usual arm-breakingly thick treatise most Indian authors seem to think necessary, just an ordinary novel. It's not riddled with obscure English words that would double the reading time if you looked them all up, it's just well-written. It doesn't need to write the history and geography of India, it just uses them as the backdrop. In short, it's very readable.
The central character is a likeable chap, whatever his sins, and the story is a good one, of his rise from the gutter and crimes committed upon him and by him. It's written in epistolary form, and therefore, almost by necessity, in the first person, and he's a very honest first person. He is not above pettiness, but almost rejoices in describing his own faults. I don't even remember half of the books I read, but I remember this one very well. It's a rare pleasure, like a white tiger.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 26 Jun 2011 06:40:48 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
I liked your review. I wonder if you were referring particularly to A Fine Balance when you spoke about the exhaustive need to chronicle and explain India in some writers. I liked that novel, but the exhaustive approach was a major flaw. As you so rightly say, this novel is a sleek and direct story. Unwordy and entertaining with some fine writing that doesn't read like 'literature'.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›