Not great, despite prizes and rave reviews.
It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. …
I did like the vision of modernizing India as seen through the eyes of one of the poorest Indians.
But – as is the case in many prize winning novels – there is weirdness for the sake of being original.
The protagonist is writing to the Premier of China. Admitting to murder.
In order to be considered for the Man Booker. It’s stupid. Makes no sense. I won’t read his follow-up novels. 😦