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Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga. It is damn depressing at times 3. No, I am not easily pleased, but life being what it is, who has time to review mediocre stuff? I find the novel’s characters to be multi-dimensional, and I think the author gives us a chance to understand the impurity of everyone’s motives. 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.

This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse.

Last Man in Tower

What’s surprising is how these people change in such slow, normal, understandable ways that their behaviour almost on completely normal. What do you do when your dreams are right in front of you — waiting for you to reach out and grab them — after you make a, maybe, moral compromise? This book lost me a little bit because there were so many characters.

I just thought I was so Indian, you know? He takes a hard view of personal and public corruption in Last Man In Tower. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. There the moral center of the story, the man who can stand up to Big Business is the family patriarch Grandpa, Lionel Barrymore in the movie.

In the Light of What We Know. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. However, they must all agree to take the money and move out, and they don’t all agree. While this book was required reading for me in generaladuate school, there were many times when I wanted to throw it clear across the room out of frustration and anger at the characters’ actions.


This one deals with similar themes: Here, Adiga continues to explore modern India’s radical economic inequality, but the antagonist–and he is a bad guy, make no mistake–is a man in full. He was born in India and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. I see the themes of materialism, human nature and trust intertwined so densely that it’s quite hard to consider their moral consequences.

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View all 7 comments. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Nothing can stop a living aravihd that wants to be free. Each one of the solitary, lost, broken men around him had a place in it. Masterji’s unyielding austerity is also a form of narcissism, while Shah’s ambition can be interpreted as embodying the kind of explosive energy needed to change people’s circumstances.

He doesn’t trust his readers to figure anything out, everything is thoroughly explained to them as if they were students in Masterji’s science top-up class. I found the descriptions of places, people, food, culture, etc.

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Behind these overlapping wires she saw banyan trees; all of which were hemmed in by the fencing; except for one greying ancient, whose aerial roots, squirming through barbed wire and broken glass, dripped down the wall like primordial ooze until their bright growing tips, nearly touching the pavement, brushed against a homeless family cooking rice in the shade; and with each root-tip that had beaten the barbed wire the old banyan said: Until now he had only been conscious of fighting against someone: But if his secret and apparently inviolable weapon is a lack of material desire that means he cannot be bought, it also comes to seem like a weakness, indicating an inability to empathise with his fellow residents.

However, Adiga is such a unique writer that I could overlook a lot of my little disappointments in the book. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown.

Views Read Edit View history. When a developer offers them a munificent buyout that all residents must agree to, everything falls apart.

When masterji actually refuses only because of the Pintos, when Spoiler Alert! In fact, the more I consider the book, the more “truthful” or “real” it seems. The only people resisting this offer are Masterji and his friends.

Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: With all his immorality, Shah loves getting into the heat and tree and working alongside manual laborers on the construction sites and offering them tips.


This article needs additional citations for verification. Adiga leads us down the path we expect to follow since we know that the underdog is the good guy and the rich guy is the villain. Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Use dmy dates from May Yet not everyone wants to leave; many of them no longer young.

Dec 07, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: Still portraying India as some 3rd world dirt rag nation is unfair. It is a syntactical treat. But Adiga also manages to thicken his narrative with a subtle and nuanced examination araind the nature of personal corruption — more subtle, in fact, than in his powerfully scathing first novel, The White Tigerwhich won the Man Booker prize in I want to recommend this book to my grandmother, because it may well be how she is feeling from day to day as she awaits the date that the builders will tell her to pack her things and find another place to stay while they dismantle her home for the past odd years and find new accommodations.

Last Man in Tower can tend slightly towards the schematic — as each resident falls inexorably under Shah’s spell, the novel risks concentrating its power in the suspense of whether Masterji will aarvind or eventually be subsumed by peer pressure, external threat, or both. At the heart of it all is the last holdout, a widower and retired schoolteacher who gradually finds himself pitted against his rfee, his friends, and his city.

This situation escalated quite intensely and seemed to skip some of the more logical phases of conflict resolution such as external mediation, honest discussion and open debate among the residents. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. In this complex and multi-layered novel, he continues his project of shining a light on the changing face of India, bringing us a picture that is as compelling as it is complex to decipher.