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1.0 out of 5 stars Hackneyed and trite, 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: The White Tiger (Hardcover)
To be fair, I probably shouldn't have picked up The White Tiger after I had just finished both Crime and Punishment and The Great Gatsby. However, the Man Booker merit was enough to tempt me - but I put the book down thoroughly disappointed. Aviga's use of language is poor and the story is incoherent. He repeats phrases he used pages earlier (how many times through the book did we read a variation on the phrase "spitting out red paan"?), interjects with "blah blah blah" during descriptive prose, or his letters with the trite, "oh hold on, something has happened, I'll be back!", fails to develop seemingly important motifs (what happened to that dark mysterious fort in the beginning? Or those four poets? The chandelier? Why was he writing to the Premier? and has a logically inconsistent character as the protagonist. There seems to be no particular reason that Balram builds himself to murder; but suddenly switches from a fawning, servile idiot trapped in the Rooster Coop, caring about his family, to a cunning, conniving, aggressive self-made man - who apparently gives no thought to the likely torture and murder of his family after killing his master. It's not even that he was an unlikable character (is Nabokov's H.H. particularly so?); but an underdeveloped one who became incoherent as a result, whose actions were completely incongruous with his present-day situation. In the end the novel felt entirely fake and presented something that most intelligent people are aware of as something completely unbelievable.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2013 21:34:35 GMT
Bryant says:
I think 1 star is very harsh but I have to admit you've listed the book's flaws extremely well.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 20:59:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2013 21:01:05 GMT
Ges says:
I completely agree with your comments on this book, even so, I enjoyed reading it. Bumping off his beloved employer so quickly and easily made me wonder about the minds of the race of people I was reading about , as much as the writer. And the happily ever after ending grated a bit with me. I have to admit that I am fairly easily pleased when it comes to reading, and I do read with a very open mind as there is a lot of Tosh out there these days.
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