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Last Man in Tower

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    a powerful character study

    In Mumbai, India real estate developer Dharmen Shah wants to tear down the dilapidated Vishram Society Tower A building and construct a luxurious high-rise condo in its place. Many of the current residents have resided in harmony there for years in what is a melting pot mini community with Hindu, Muslim and Christians living there. Regardless of religious beliefs, everyone even Communists accept the exorbitant money offered by Shah though all knows this will end their community as none will be able to afford the new edifice.

    That is everyone accepts the loot except retired widower schoolteacher Mr. Masterji. He refuses to sell his ethics to the developer. Once a welcome part of the middle class residents of Tower A, the teacher is now a pariah pressured to join the avaricious mob.

    Last man in the Tower is a powerful character study that looks at the plight of a hold-out who adheres to his principles though he does not quote understand why. With nods to the movies Twelve Angry Men and Batteries Not Included, Aravind Adiga makes a strong case that an apartment building is a harmonious hamlet until the capitalists arrive with plenty of money. Readers will appreciate this deep look at what makes a community and how easily the facade can be nuked.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    If you liked the White Tiger, you will like this one too. Fanta

    If you liked the White Tiger, you will like this one too. Fantastic characters and a compelling plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    What a great read!

    For those who have never read anything by Aravind Adiga I can highly recommend his work. He has a great ability not to overwhelm with details, while describing people, places and situations in a very rich way.

    It can be a little difficult keeping track of the characters sometimes, but as the book goes on it becomes easier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Loved it!

    Great read

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    just ok

    Pretty depressing. just an example of the horrible conditions in India and another example of
    how greedy people are EVEN your own children

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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