Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Searing. Explosive. Lyrical. Compassionate. Here is the astonishing new novel by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger, a book that took rage and anger at injustice and turned it into a thrilling murder story. Now, with the same fearlessness and insight, Aravind Adiga broadens his canvas to give us a riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai.
 
At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city's most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji. Shah offers Masterji and his neighbors--the residents of Vishram Society's Tower A, a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah's luxury high-rise would be built--a generous buyout. They can't believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday.
 
Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore--and expose--it. Vivid, visceral, told with both humor and poignancy, Last Man in Tower is his most stunning work yet.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307594099
0307594092
Branch Call Number: FICTION Adiga 2011
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 25 cm

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Margush
Sep 28, 2017

This book is captivating, very well written and keeps you on your toes. It also makes you to mentally take sides and tries your character and principles - what would I do in a similar situation? The old man’s actions are understandable but his son’s arguments and observations are logical as well. His neighbors behavior is unforgivable. As much as I enjoyed the book, I found it a bit tedious especially towards the end. The amount of details on basically the same emotions of the same characters within the same plot was just too much...I ended up scanning the last 25 pages to get an idea where everyone landed.

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unicorn1
Feb 02, 2017

A wonderful book, with a subtle sense of humour running underneath the darkness. If you're a fan of Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance", you will appreciate this one as well. The characters come to life and the ending is stark.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

The Vishram Society was the first of its kind in its part of Mumbai -- a cooperative apartment building that ushered in, many years later, several more middle-class housing options in an otherwise iffy part of the city. But now it is under threat by a developer who wishes to tear down the historic building to make way for luxurious condos, and the sense of community built by the Society's residents is torn apart by the vast sum the developer has offered each resident. Each of the residents is fully realised, their struggles and very natures revealed in luxurious, detailed prose by Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga.

Jane60201 Apr 02, 2014

Wonderful perceptive commentary on life in modern india.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The Vishram Society was the first of its kind in its part of Mumbai -- a cooperative apartment building that ushered in several more middle-class housing options in an otherwise iffy part of the city. But now it is under threat by a developer, who wishes to tear down the historic building to make way for luxurious condos, and the sense of community built by the Society's residents is torn apart by the vast sum the developer has offered each resident. There is one holdout, a retired teacher, but each of the residents is fully realised, their struggles and very natures revealed in luxurious, detailed prose by Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b

Diell Dec 17, 2013

see White Tiger comment

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Winnipeg1
Jul 29, 2012

Another complex social commentary, proving people, and groups of people, are the same anywhere in the world. Compelling, poetic prose; fullsome plot. Highly recommended.

alleycat Jun 13, 2012

As noted in the Library Journal review (under VERDICT), this novel is a *stunner*. Packing a tremendous punch, it has it all ... great story, really good writing, memorable characters and a shocking finale that's just begging to be discussed book-club style. Highly recommended for any serious literary fiction reader.

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susettem
Mar 22, 2012

The story takes place in an old, respected Mumbai coop apartment complex, the Vishram Society.

debwalker Jul 27, 2011

"Adiga, who has cast a lively, wry eye on India’s ongoing transformation, leapt to prominse with his 2008 Booker winner, The White Tiger. The plot engine for the new novel is the changing face of real estate development in Mumbai."
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ndp21f
Aug 12, 2012

I wish we had never been picked by that builder. We are not good enough to say no to his money, and not bad enough to say yes to what he wants us to do for it.

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Aug 12, 2012

It’s Ibrahim Kudwa’s,” Ram Khare said. “Bought it yesterday.” “He shouldn’t be spending money he doesn’t have.” The guard smiled. “The mouth waters before it has food. It’s the human way, Masterji.

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