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Last Man in Tower (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Aravind Adiga

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Title:Last Man in Tower
Authors:Aravind Adiga
Info:Knopf (2011), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga (2011)

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    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: A non-fiction about the very poor, real people living in poverty in the area where Last Man in Tower is set.
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    The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Modern India in a nutshell. Adiga is an accomplished writer.
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    The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (teunduynstee)
    teunduynstee: The Yacoubian shares with Last Man in Tower the way it shows an urban society through the eyes of the inhabitants of one appartment building. Taking changing perspectives and developing their characters as you go, the full complexity of Egyptian society comes into view. Also, both are great story-tellers.… (more)
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    The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri (hairball)
    hairball: I read The Death of Vishnu ages ago, so I don't recall the details, but both use apartment buildings as metaphors for India.
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    Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Both multifaceted views on modern India.
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Didn't like this as much as White Tiger, but it was a very good read and something I would recommend to just about anyone. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
This book tells the story of an apartment building in India that a developer is trying to buy from the residents. I had trouble getting into it at first, but really liked it by the end. Although not uplifting or hopeful at all, it was still an interesting book about what greed and money can do to a society and human relationships. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
This book tells the story of an apartment building in India that a developer is trying to buy from the residents. I had trouble getting into it at first, but really liked it by the end. Although not uplifting or hopeful at all, it was still an interesting book about what greed and money can do to a society and human relationships. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
This book tells the story of an apartment building in India that a developer is trying to buy from the residents. I had trouble getting into it at first, but really liked it by the end. Although not uplifting or hopeful at all, it was still an interesting book about what greed and money can do to a society and human relationships. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
You know, I can't remember [The White Tiger] all that well but I know I was a little disappointed by it. Not so [Last Man in Tower]. It might benefit simply by being a longer book (400+ pages), as there's space for a larger cast of characters and more character development. The premise of it is that a group of long-term residents live in a dilapidated old housing cooperative in Mumbai. A developer comes along, seeking to tear down the tower and build a new block of ultra-luxurious flats. He offers every resident of the tower a huge sum of money to move, but the deal is only valid if everyone agrees to leave. Soon the only dissenter is a retired schoolteacher called Masterji, formerly one of the most popular and respected tenants.... You can probably see where this is going; a tragedy of almost Shakespearean proportions. I recommend it but maybe get in a pint of Ben & Jerry's and some comfort reading afterwards to restore your faith in human goodness. ( )
  Erratic_Charmer | Jun 10, 2014 |
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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.
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Refusing to leave his home when a powerful real-estate developer offers to buy out the residents of a crumbling apartment complex near the infamous Dharavi slums, a retired schoolteacher becomes a target of violence by the developer and his own neighbors.… (more)

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