#BookBeginnings The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

This week we’re looking forward to starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challenge, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

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Summary:  An example of an epistolary novel,  main character Balram Halwai writes about his rags to riches story as he leaves behind his impoverished Indian village to establish his own taxi business.

Although Aravind Adiga was only 33 when he published this debut novel, it won the Man Booker Prize in 2008.


For the Desk of:
His Excellency Wen Jiabao
The Premier’s Office
Capital of the Freedom-loving Nation of China

From the Desk of:
“The White Tiger”
A Thinking Man
And an Entrepreneur
Living in the world’s center of Technology and Outsourcing
Electronics City Phase I (just off Hosur Main Road)
Bangalore, India

Mr. Premier,

Neither you not I speak English, but there are some things that can only be said in English.


The beginning is a bit unusual because he starts right out with a letter. I already detect a bit of humor, especially in that last sentence. I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

What do you think? Have you read The White Tiger?


  1. Yvonne

    I would give this one a try. It sounds good.

  2. Literary Feline

    I have been wanting to read this one. In fact, I have a copy on my shelf waiting its turn! I hope you enjoy it. My current read is an epistolary novel as well.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Roberta

      Always good to get a reminder about those books that are hiding on the shelf, right?

  3. Ashley S.

    This sounds really interesting! I tend to really enjoy epistolary novels. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Gilion at Rose City Reader

    I read this a while back and enjoyed it a lot. I liked learning about modern India.

    Thanks for sharing the opening on BBOF! Sorry I was late getting the post up this week.

    • Roberta

      No problem. I’m usually either really early or really late, and this week I was late.

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