April meetup: "White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga

We will be discussing "White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. Details below. Hope to see you there.



Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. As he drives his master to shopping malls and call centres, Balram becomes increasingly aware of immense wealth and opportunity all around him, while knowing that he will never be able to gain access to that world. As Balram broods over his situation, he realizes that there is only one way he can become part of this glamorous new India - by murdering his master."The White Tiger" presents a raw and unromanticised India, both thrilling and shocking - from the desperate, almost lawless villages along the Ganges, to the booming Wild South of Bangalore and its technology and outsourcing centres. The first-person confession of a murderer, "The White Tiger" is as compelling for its subject matter as for the voice of its narrator - amoral, cynical, unrepentant, yet deeply endearing.

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  • Sophie R.


    April 15, 2013

  • Louise N.

    Enjoyed the lively discussion!

    April 14, 2013

  • steve

    This is a 50% rsvp - if I can get to east finchley in time - I will turn up

    April 14, 2013

  • Lisa

    I might make it tomorrow but despite good intentions I only made time to read about a quarter of the book! Lisa

    April 13, 2013

  • Sophie R.

    Hi, could I have the address of the pub again, please?

    April 11, 2013

    • Justin

      Sophie: it's as above, 121 Great North Road
      East Finchley, N2 0NW.
      It's right next to East Finchley tube

      April 11, 2013

    • Natalie R

      If you are coming by tube: when you get off the train, go down the stairs and turn left. Go through the barriers and take the exit on the right. Turn right as you leave the station and go under the railway bridge, and then you will see the pub!

      April 11, 2013

  • Justin

    Hi everyone. A table in the pub is booked as usual in my name (Justin). Have a good look round as they may put us anywhere. When I get there, I'll put the Meetup sign on the table. Thanks.

    April 11, 2013

  • Louise N.

    I've been looking for a north London book club for awhile, so looking forward to my first meeting.

    March 23, 2013

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