We are now approaching the third meeting of the Cardiff Amnesty International Human Rights Book Club. The book club has been a roaring success and the last book, Unicorn: Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi, made for a great conversation.
Our next book club meeting will be held virtually on 15th March 2021 at 7pm. We will be reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga which will be the first fiction book that we have read so far. Adiga was born in Madras, India in 1974 and began his career as a journalist. He is now the author of five novels and The White Tiger, his debut novel, was published in 2008 and won the Booker Prize 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 the Hindu religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, “tomorrow.””
This book should make for some great reading and touches on many important topics. We hope you can join us on 15th March 2021 at 7pm!
The book club is held separately to the usual Cardiff Amnesty Group meetings and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you are a member of Amnesty International or not. If you would like to join us, please get in touch with our Group Secretary, Tomos, at firstname.lastname@example.org.