White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The 2018-19 Common Book is "White Tiger"

Winona State University Common Book Project will feature "White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga as its 2018-19 common book.

About the Book

"White Tiger" tells the story of Balram Halwai and his unlikely journey from the Indian village of his birth to employment as driver and servant to a wealthy family in Bangalore. Narrated through a series of letters to the Chinese Premier, the novel offers a darkly comical, scathing portrayal of poverty and corruption of modern Indian society. More broadly, the novel explores questions of globalization, social and economic justice, democracy, and the legacy of colonization. "White Tiger" is at once an arresting story of individual ambition and a provocative inquiry into some of the most urgent questions faced by contemporary society.

Published in 2008, "White Tiger" was Adiga’s debut novel and the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Adiga was born in Madras (now Chennai), India, and grew up in Mangalore; he was educated at Columbia and Oxford universities. His most recent novel, "Selection Day" (2017), tells the story of two brothers in Mumbai who are raised by their ambitious father to become cricket stars; it was an NPR Best Book of the Year. Before becoming a novelist, Adiga worked as a financial journalist, publishing articles in the "New Yorker," "Financial Times," "Times of India" and "Time." He lives in Bangalore.

Your Assignment...

If you choose to read "White Tiger," incorporate what you take away from the book into your life while at the university. The book will be adopted in numerous sections of ENG 111, College Reading and Writing, and may be adopted in other courses as well. Use this opportunity to learn more about the greater community and turn your knowledge into action.

Where to Buy

"White Tiger" is published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and will be available from the WSU Bookstore and other booksellers. Additionally, a packet of teaching and contextual materials for prospective adopters will be available by midsummer. Faculty adopters should simply list the book (ISBN 978-1416562603) on their book request form through the WSU Bookstore.

Special Thanks

Funding for the Common Book Project has generously been made available by the College of Liberal Arts and the WSU Bookstore. For more information about the project, please contact Prof. Ann-Marie Dunbar at ADunbar@winona.edu.