Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower

by Aravind Adiga
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Overview

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary 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 luxury building named the Shanghai. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410443168
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 659
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. He is the author of Selection Day, the Booker Prize-winning novel The White Tiger, and the story collection Between the Assassinations. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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Last Man in Tower 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
RockDog58 More than 1 year ago
If you liked the White Tiger, you will like this one too. Fantastic characters and a compelling plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Great read
twonotrump More than 1 year ago
Pretty depressing. just an example of the horrible conditions in India and another example of how greedy people are EVEN your own children