Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. 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. He offers a generous buyout to the residents of Vishram Society's Tower A, a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building. But one resident-- Masterji-- refuses to abandon the building he has long called home.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
ISBN: 9780307700407
0307700402
9780385669894
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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This is a morality tale about events at a respectable, solidly middle-class building in Mumbai where Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Communists have learned to live together respectfully. All this changes when a developer offers each resident an astronomical amount of money to move so he can buil... Read More »

The residents of Tower A of the Vishram Co-operative Housing Society are a solid, convivial lot who live peaceably, despite living under a flight path and watching the rapidly developing outskirts of Mumbai grow closer and closer to their calm oasis. When a developer arrives offering unheard of a... Read More »


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Margush
Sep 28, 2017

This book is captivating, very well written and keeps you on your toes. It also makes you to mentally take sides and tries your character and principles - what would I do in a similar situation? The old man’s actions are understandable but his son’s arguments and observations are logical as well. His neighbors behavior is unforgivable. As much as I enjoyed the book, I found it a bit tedious especially towards the end. The amount of details on basically the same emotions of the same characters within the same plot was just too much...I ended up scanning the last 25 pages to get an idea where everyone landed.

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unicorn1
Feb 02, 2017

A wonderful book, with a subtle sense of humour running underneath the darkness. If you're a fan of Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance", you will appreciate this one as well. The characters come to life and the ending is stark.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

The Vishram Society was the first of its kind in its part of Mumbai -- a cooperative apartment building that ushered in, many years later, several more middle-class housing options in an otherwise iffy part of the city. But now it is under threat by a developer who wishes to tear down the historic building to make way for luxurious condos, and the sense of community built by the Society's residents is torn apart by the vast sum the developer has offered each resident. Each of the residents is fully realised, their struggles and very natures revealed in luxurious, detailed prose by Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga.

Jane60201 Apr 02, 2014

Wonderful perceptive commentary on life in modern india.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"The Vishram Society was the first of its kind in its part of Mumbai -- a cooperative apartment building that ushered in several more middle-class housing options in an otherwise iffy part of the city. But now it is under threat by a developer, who wishes to tear down the historic building to make way for luxurious condos, and the sense of community built by the Society's residents is torn apart by the vast sum the developer has offered each resident. There is one holdout, a retired teacher, but each of the residents is fully realised, their struggles and very natures revealed in luxurious, detailed prose by Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b

Diell Dec 17, 2013

see White Tiger comment

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Winnipeg1
Jul 29, 2012

Another complex social commentary, proving people, and groups of people, are the same anywhere in the world. Compelling, poetic prose; fullsome plot. Highly recommended.

alleycat Jun 13, 2012

As noted in the Library Journal review (under VERDICT), this novel is a *stunner*. Packing a tremendous punch, it has it all ... great story, really good writing, memorable characters and a shocking finale that's just begging to be discussed book-club style. Highly recommended for any serious literary fiction reader.

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susettem
Mar 22, 2012

The story takes place in an old, respected Mumbai coop apartment complex, the Vishram Society.

debwalker Jul 27, 2011

"Adiga, who has cast a lively, wry eye on India’s ongoing transformation, leapt to prominse with his 2008 Booker winner, The White Tiger. The plot engine for the new novel is the changing face of real estate development in Mumbai."
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ndp21f
Aug 12, 2012

I wish we had never been picked by that builder. We are not good enough to say no to his money, and not bad enough to say yes to what he wants us to do for it.

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Aug 12, 2012

It’s Ibrahim Kudwa’s,” Ram Khare said. “Bought it yesterday.” “He shouldn’t be spending money he doesn’t have.” The guard smiled. “The mouth waters before it has food. It’s the human way, Masterji.

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