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This story while being completely politically incorrect, as someone of Indian descent, I can say there are some home truths. No doubt corruption is rampant in India, however, I don't think Aravind Adiga has the right to sit on his middle class Oxford educated pedestal and lecture the working class masses for their aspirations. This should have been written from a naval gazing perspective, in the circles that Adiga is more familiar with.
The performance by Kerry Shale was equally irritating, as it was clear that an English man was imitating the accent adding insult to injury. He could not pronounce any of the place names correctly which was a massive giveaway in terms of the accent. It does make sense though why no Asian person would touch this with a bargepole. Slightly astounded that this won the Man Booker Prize.
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This book was a revelation to me. I asked an Indian friend of mine to recommend a book about India that would illustrate how the caste system is perceived today. This book did the job brilliantly. It is entertaining, ironic, and full of information. I started with the audiobook (the narration is excellent - I love the accent!) and soon after I bought the paper book because I wanted to underline so many things! I would highly uggest it, even to high school students!!! Thank you Aravind Adiga and Kerry Shale!!!
Great story , you really tend to see the prospective of the narrator . The thick Indian accent draws me more towards the story and is quite funny .