Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Bond Street Books
ISBN: 978-0-385-66989-4 (0-385-66989-5)
Pub Date: September 20, 2011
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The magnificent new novel from the million-selling Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger: one of the most eagerly anticipated literary novels of 2011--"a kaleidoscopic portrait of a changing Mumbai."
— Guardian (Best Books of 2011)
Ask any Bombaywallah about Vishram Society--Tower A of the Vishram Co-operative Housing Society--and you will be told that it is unimpeachably pucca. Despite its location close to the airport, under the flight path of 747s and bordered by slums, it has been pucca for some fifty years. But Bombay has changed in half a century--not least its name--and the world in which Tower A was first built is giving way to a new city; a Mumbai of development and new money; of wealthy Indians returning with fortunes made abroad.
When real estate developer Dharmen Shah offers to buy out the residents of Vishram Society, planning to use the site to build a luxury apartment complex, his offer is more than generous. Initially, though, not everyone wants to leave; many of the residents have lived in Vishram for years, and many of them are no longer young. But none can benefit from the offer unless all agree to sell. As tensions rise among the once civil neighbours, one by one those who oppose the offer give way to the majority, until only one man stands in Shah's way: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher, once the most respected man in the building. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse, but as the demolition deadline looms, Masterji's neighbours--friends who have become enemies, acquaintances turned co-conspirators--may stop at nothing to score their payday.
A suspense-filled story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, and a rich tapestry peopled by unforgettable characters, not least of which is Bombay itself, Last Man in Tower opens up the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of a great city--ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none.
This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
“A masterful storyteller. . .”
“Last Man in Tower pulls off the bravura twin role of moral parable and human drama.”
—The Gazette (Montreal)
“He clearly has a knack for arresting novels that marry story and social commentary. . . . Adiga's story of the man who can't be bought is compelling.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“Funny, provocative and decadent: Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower is the kind of novel that’s so richly insightful about business and character that it’s hard to know where to begin singing its praises.”
—The Washington Post
“Retains The White Tiger’s dynamism. . . . by turns fascinating, sensual and horrifying, as [Aravind Adiga’s] writing takes an impressive step onwards.”
—The Independent (UK)
“Rich and lush.”
—The Telegraph (UK)
“[Last Man in Tower] goes the distance. . . .In this complex and multi-layered novel, [Adiga] 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. . .”
— Alex Clark, The Guardian (UK)
“Mr. Adiga captures with heartbreaking authenticity the real struggle in Indian cities, which is for dignity. A funny yet deeply melancholic work, Last Man in Tower is a brilliant, and remarkably mature, second novel. A rare achievement.” —The Economist
“Epic. . . .Last Man in Tower is like a prime-time soap opera with a social conscience. Dickens has found an heir.”
—The Sunday Business Post
“This writing is sheer beauty.”
—New Zealand Herald
“Last Man in Tower vibrates with energy and ideas, with anger and with life. [Adiga’s] writing has been labelled Dickensian.”
—New Zealand Listener
From the Hardcover edition.
ARAVIND ADIGA was born in Madras in 1974 and was raised in Australia. He studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities. A former correspondent in India for Time magazine, his articles have also appeared in such publications as the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Sunday Times. He lives in Mumbai.
From the Hardcover edition.
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