Book Read! The White Tiger
First sentence: “His Excellency Wen Jiabao, The Premier’s Office, Beijing, Capital of the Freedom-Loving Nation of China.”
P. 99: “The landlords brought in trucks full of their own supporters in retaliation.”
Last sentence: “Yours for ever, Ashok Sharma The White Tiger of Bangalore firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I’ve won this book in a contest on Leeswammes’ Blog; thank you so much, Judith!
When I started reading this book my first thought was that I really didn’t like it… That was until I read the last sentence of the first chapter. This sentence was so unexpected and so intriguing, that it drew me in immediately and I couldn’t stop reading from then on. This is a book that sets you thinking. The main character and narrator of the story, The White Tiger, tells the story of his life in a most unusual way. And although he did things that shocked me, I couldn’t help liking him. Now stories like this always leave me a bit shaken. You know a character is bad in some way, and yet you like him. I don’t understand how this is possible; is it because he tells everything from his point of view, or because there certainly are arguments in his favour? I really don’t know. But I do know that this is a book that I will be thinking of for a long time.