From Publishers Weekly:
First-time author Adiga has created a memorable tale of one taxi
driver's hellish experience in modern India. Told with close attention
to detail, whether it be the vivid portrait of India he paints or the
transformation of Balram Halwai into a bloodthirsty murderer, Adiga
writes like a seasoned professional. John Lee delivers an absolutely
stunning performance, reading with a realistic and unforced East Indian
dialect. He brings the story to life, reading with passion and respect
for Adiga's prose. Lee currently sits at the top of the professional
narrator's ladder; an actor so gifted both in his delivery and
expansive palette of vocal abilities that he makes it sound easy.
Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher.
Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the
scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the
terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life
-- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.
Born in the
dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver
for his village's wealthiest man, two house Pomeranians (Puddles and
Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son. From behind the wheel
of their Honda City car, Balram's new world is a revelation. While his
peers flip through the pages of Murder Weekly ("Love -- Rape --
Revenge!"), barter for girls, drink liquor (Thunderbolt), and
perpetuate the Great Rooster Coop of Indian society, Balram watches his
employers bribe foreign ministers for tax breaks, barter for girls,
drink liquor (single-malt whiskey), and play their own role in the
Rooster Coop. Balram learns how to siphon gas, deal with corrupt
mechanics, and refill and resell Johnnie Walker Black Label bottles
(all but one). He also finds a way out of the Coop that no one else
inside it can perceive.
Balram's eyes penetrate India as few
outsiders can: the cockroaches and the call centers; the prostitutes
and the worshippers; the ancient and Internet cultures; the water
buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost)
impossible, the white tiger. And witha charisma as undeniable as it is
unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create virtue, and
money doesn't solve every problem -- but decency can still be found in
a corrupt world, and you can get what you want out of life if you
eavesdrop on the right conversations.