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- Full Title: The White Tiger
- When Written: 2005-2008
- Where Written: USA and India
- When Published: 2008
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: Modern day India
- Climax: The White Tiger does not strictly conform to a linear, chronological format, as Balram’s narration jumps constantly between different periods of his life. However, the novel is loosely structured around Balram’s murder of his master Mr. Ashok. His decision to record his life story is in part an attempt to explain the series of events that led to the crime, and to describe life in its aftermath.
- Antagonist: While Balram’s master Ashok may be his most obvious antagonist, Balram perceives many characters in the novel to be his enemies. These characters include his own family members, particularly his grandmother Kusum, as well as Ashok’s family: the Stork, Mukesh Sir, and Pinky Madam. Finally, his fellow servants in the Stork’s household, Ram Bahadur and Ram Persad, are also briefly his antagonists.
- Point of View: The White Tiger is the first-person narrative of Balram Halwai’s life. Balram recounts his story in a letter to a visiting Chinese official with the goal of educating the official about entrepreneurship in India.
Man Booker. When The White Tiger won the 2008 Man-Booker literary prize, Adiga became the fourth Indian-born author to win the prestigious award.