Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Tower

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 152 x 42mm | 322.05g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0307940969
  • 9780307940964
  • 1,644,848

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"Aravind Adiga, winner of the Man Booker Prize for "The White Tiger," brings readers another look at an India at once simple and complex, as old as time and brand new. . . . Adiga has written the story of a New India; one rife with greed and opportunism, underpinned by the daily struggle of millions in the lower classes. This funny and poignant story is multidimensional, layered with many engaging stories and characters, with Masterji as the hero. He is neither Gandhi nor Christ but an unmistakable, irresistible symbol of integrity and quiet perseverance." --Valerie Ryan, "The Seattle Times "(September 30, 2011) "It sounds far too clinical to say that Aravind Adiga writes about the human condition. He does, but, like any good novelist, Adiga's story lingers because it nestles in the heart and the head. In "Last Man in Tower," his new novel about the perils of gentrification in a Mumbai neighborhood, the plot turns on a developer's generous offer to convince apartment residenshow more

About Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adigais the author of "The White Tiger, "which was awarded the 2008 Man Booker Prize, ""and a collection of stories, "Between the Assassinations. "He was born in India and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. He is a former correspondent for "Time" magazine whose work has also appeared in "The""New Yorker," "Granta," "The Sunday Times" (London), and the" Financial Times, "among other publications.""He lives in India. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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