Told from a very unique perspective and in an unusual voice, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga deserves all of the praise and awards that it has received. Really an amazing story about trying to break out of whatever cycle you are in and finding freedom somehow no matter how horrible your deeds and circumstances.
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I know that this book won a Pulitzer Prize which is ostensibly for the writing, I found the story more engaging and unusual that the writing. I never knew the story of black slave owners in the Southern USA and that is the story that The Known World tells. Hi characters are interesting and real and I found the reality of how deep slavery ran – deep enough to even allow blacks to own other blacks – the most astounding. The books certainly tells a richly detailed and perhaps lesser known part of history and that things are certainly not as “black and white” as they may seem.
Ever since I heard Nadine Gordimer speak in Jerusalem a few years ago I have been more enamored than ever with her fiction. She is such an incredibly stately and graceful woman, truly a world class novelist – one of the greats. I’ve been trying little by little to read all of her books. Today I read July’s People which images a revolution in South Africa in the early 1980s and describes the flight of a liberal white family who takes shelter from the violence in the mud huts of their servant, July’s family. They feel completely alone and must try to learn how to live like the “other” as more an more of traditional “white” society’s accouterments are stripped from them. It is also a book about race relations – except that here, they flip and flip again in order to demonstrate just how tenuous they really are. I’m not sure I really understood the ending completely, but it was a good read.