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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga. A tale of one man refusing to leave his home in the face of property development. Tower A is a relic from a co-operative housing society established in the s.
When a property developer offers to buy out the residents for eye-watering sums, the principled yet arrogant teacher is the only one to refuse the offer, determined not to surrender his sentimental attachment to A tale of one man refusing to leave his home in the face of property development. When a property developer offers to buy out the residents for eye-watering sums, the principled yet arrogant teacher is the only one to refuse the offer, determined not to surrender his sentimental attachment to his home and his right to live in it, in the name of greed.
His neighbours gradually relinquish any similar qualms they might have and, in a typically blunt satirical premise take matters into their own hands, determined to seize their slice of the new Mumbai as it transforms from stinky slum to silvery skyscrapers at dizzying, almost gravity-defying speed.
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Sort order. Start your review of Last Man in Tower. Sorry to start with a cliche, but wow. I have never been to India and I'm only somewhat familiar with Delhi. I didn't know anything about Mumbai before I read this. Sure, there's Slumdog Millionaire, but I haven't read the book and all I got from the movie was that there are very, very poor people living in slums next door to very luxurious buildings.
Which also happens to be the case in Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro and other places. If you want to see, hear, smell, taste, truly experience Mumbai Sorry to start with a cliche, but wow.
If you want to see, hear, smell, taste, truly experience Mumbai read Last Man in Tower. It's not just the incredible descriptions of places and the people who inhabit them; Adiga applies the same amount of detail to a colorful cast of characters to the point that you really feel that you're living in their heads--until they do something that truly surprises you.
I'm not particularly fond of horror movies, but I enjoy those when people have to get together to solve their common problem and end up turning on each other. It's also one of my favorite things about The Lord of the Flies: desperate people can be led to do the most objectionable things, often to people they care about. This book is long and between all the detail and the slow buildup you have the time to observe the full process of men and women becoming a gruesome version of themselves.
And yet, at no point the author allows them to become inhuman, however unspeakable their actions. The epilogue in particular, when you think you've seen the end of the story, packs a really strong punch.
I've been looking to read Adiga's previous book, The White Tiger, for a while. Now I can't wait to get my hands on it. View all 8 comments. Mar 28, Usman Hickmath rated it really liked it. A ruthless property developer offers an attractive buyout to the people living in a crumbling 50 years old apartment building located in a prime land in Mumbai where he plans to build a high rise to make a killing.
All the families in the building accept the offer except Yogesh Murthi, a retired teacher known as Masterji, who wants to live there with the memories of his deceased wife.
The story goes on to tell what happened to Masterji and the building. In this well written story Adiga explores t A ruthless property developer offers an attractive buyout to the people living in a crumbling 50 years old apartment building located in a prime land in Mumbai where he plans to build a high rise to make a killing. In this well written story Adiga explores the concerns surrounding the real estate trade in a big, bustling city and how vulnerable are the middle class people to the systems in such cities.
View 2 comments. Side note: I have no idea about the awards most books win and don't really use those as a reason for reading - or not reading - a book. I thought The White Tiger packed a punch, it was in your face, fast-paced None of these characteristics are present in this book. This book has more of a slow, trickling effect. It kind of creeps up on you and then leaves you The first thing, the inevitable thing, is the comparison to The White Tiger , Aravind Adiga 's first book that won the Man Booker Prize.
It kind of creeps up on you and then leaves you devastated, which is how I felt a couple of minutes after I finished it. Whereas the previous book was from the point of view of a poor person in India, this one examines a group of people who would probably fall into the middle class, or the lower middle class.
It follows a similar pattern, in that it looks at how far people are willing to go to make money or, more accurately, move themselves up into a better situation. I kind of thought that the climax of the story towards the end happened too quickly, as well as the tying up of the rest of it, which was covered in the epilogue. Though, on the other hand, it makes sense because the crux of it all was everything leading up to it and how their mindsets changed over the course of time.
In fact, the more I consider the book, the more "truthful" or "real" it seems. I can actually imagine that this could happen in India. As I think about it more while it processes, I may have more to say. End note: I do have a copy of Adiga's 2nd book, Between the Assassinations, checked out of the library but I'm not sure if I can take reading more of these depressing stories about India right now. Might have to read at least one book in between before I attempt that one.
View 1 comment. Oct 05, Laura rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction , not-finished , bad-book. This is the worst book I read in ! I really like to give books a go before I will trash them or stop reading them but and I gave this book all the chances but each time I kept hating it. It's very rare that I'll pick up a book and not understand the storyline but this book consistently had me scratching my head and wondering what the heck I'd just read.
There are too many characters in this book and none of them are easy to keep a track on as the author likes to chop and change so randomly I This is the worst book I read in ! There are too many characters in this book and none of them are easy to keep a track on as the author likes to chop and change so randomly I kept getting lost over and over again.
Not even pages in and I'm giving this book the flick.. It's a truly painful read for me each and everytime.. So disappointed! The authors other books were great.. Yes, they took a bit to get into and at times I even struggled with them but not in the same way as this pile of trash.
View all 3 comments. May 09, Fabian rated it it was amazing. Prose wise, we are in the same articulate hands, good ones that transport and convey empathy for all his characters. This modern-India version of Old Goirot, replete with the apartments and the drama, most of which occurs within the family. But wait! Modern times ask for desperate drastic measures. And then the "A man who does not want: who has no secret spaces in his heart into which a little more cash can be stuffed, what kind of man is that?
And then the tale is very universal in fact: money grubbing tenants?! A smaller degree of surprise and plot than "The White Tiger" Will be reading his other stuff, why would I not?! He is a true prose master What a massive disappointment. I was a huge fan of The White Tiger, but other than being set in India this book has nothing in common with its predecessor.
There is no humor, no great sense of place, the characters never get stuck in the reader's imagination, and the preachy, didactic nature of the novel just grates on the nerves after awhile. The painful over-exposition throughout the dialogue was particularly surprising for a writer of Adiga's talent.
Last Man in Tower
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Sep 20, Minutes Buy. From the Booker Prize—winning author of The White Tiger , a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai.
Aravind Adiga's ‘Last Man in Tower’: A Morality Tale?
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Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga – review
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access. A close reading of the novel raises disturbing questions about contemporary ideas of national development and identifies survival strategies adopted by citizens in a morally ambivalent India. The most patriotic thing a creative artist can do is challenge people to see their country as it is. Amid the glitter of smart cities, ultramodern corporate hubs, and vast industrial zones, some stories remain to be told—those of the native colonizers who appropriate common national resources, of farmers and tribals mercilessly plucked out of their lands, of the injustices heaped upon the middle classes, of the destruction of vital ecosystems to satiate capitalist greed.
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Say we are a group of decent, but not wealthy families, living in a crumbling, but pukka respectable building, an oasis, in a less salubrious neighborhood of a city. We are small business people, social workers, clerks and retired teachers of various national and religious backgrounds. One day, a developer approaches with a proposal. He will give us several times the worth of our apartments, plus a couple of months rent to tide us over until we purchase a new home, if we agree to let him raze the building in order to construct a luxury apartment block. The majority of us consent instantly, but a few hold back for their own reasons. Eventually, everyone but one person accepts the offer, and this last man or woman is adamant in his refusal.