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‘Extraordinary and brilliant... Adiga is a real writer – that is to say, someone who forges an original voice and vision.’ Sunday Times


A Best Book of the Year:
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The Daily Beast

“Brilliant. . . . If you loved the movie Slumdog Millionaire, you will inhale the novel Last Man in Tower. Adiga’s second novel is even better than the superb White Tiger. . . . First-rate. . . . You simply do not realize how anemic most contemporary fiction is until you read Adiga’s muscular prose. His plots don’t unwind, they surge.”
USA Today

“Provocative and decadent. . . . The kind of novel that’s so richly insightful . . . it’s hard to know where to begin singing its praises. . . . Vain, shrewd and stubborn, [Masterji] is one of the most delightfully contradictory characters to appear in recent fiction.”
The Washington Post

“Masterful. . . . With this gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Adiga cements his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country’s messy present.”
“Adiga has written the story of a New India. . . . This funny and poignant story is multidimensional, layered with many engaging stories and characters.”
The Seattle Times

“A rare achievement. . . . 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.”
The Economist
“With wit and observation, Adiga gives readers a well-rounded portrait of Mumbai in all of its teeming, bleating, inefficient glory. . . . Like any good novelist, Adiga’s story lingers because it nestles in the heart and the head.”
Christian Science Monitor
Last Man in Tower is a nuanced study of human nature in all of its complexity and mystery. (It is also humane and funny.) Nothing is quite as it seems in the novel, which makes for surprises both pleasant and disturbing.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Adiga populates his fiction with characters from all parts of India’s contemporary social spectrum, and the intensity of his anger at aspects of modern India is modulated by his impish wit.”
The Wall Street Journal 
“Adiga maps out in luminous prose India’s ambivalence toward its accelerated growth, while creating an engaging protagonist . . . a man whose ambition and independence have been tempered with an understanding of the important, if almost imperceptible, difference between development and progress.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[An] adroit, ruthless and sobering novel. . . . Adiga peppers his universally relevant tour de force with brilliant touches, multiple ironies and an indictment of our nature.”
The Star Ledger
“Adiga is an exceptionally talented novelist, and the subtlety with which he presents the battle between India’s aspirants and its left-behind poor is exceptional.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A brilliant examination of the power of money. . . . Ultimately Last Man in Tower is about how greed affects compassion. . . . Adiga skillfully unfolds a surprising conclusion that underscores what a great novel this is.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[Full of] acute observations and sharp imagery. . . . Like all cautionary tales, it embodies more than a little truth about our times.”
Financial Times
“Dickensian. . . . Well worth the time of any reader interested in the circumstances of life in a seemingly foreign place that turns out to be awfully familiar. . . . Readers above all else will find pleasure and pain in the ups and downs of the human family itself.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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  • File Size: 2954 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X7B2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. A former correspondent for Time magazine, he has also been published in the Financial Times. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jill I. Shtulman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When does the heartfelt convictions of one solitary man negate the jointly held consensus of the rest of any civic society?

That is the question posed at the center of Aravind Adiga's audacious new novel, an impressive and propulsive examination of the struggle for a slice of prime Mumbai real estate. It is a worthy follow-up to Adiga's Booker Prize novel, White Tiger, as he goes back to the well to explore the changing face of a rapidly growing India.

Adiga pits two flawed men against each other: The first is Dharmen Shah, a burly and self-made real estate mogul who is the "master of things seen and things unseen." Through his left-hand man, the shady Shananmugham, he offers each resident of the Vishram Co-operative Housing Society the highest price ever paid for a redevelopment project in the suburb of Vakola.

Just about every resident jumps at the chance to sell - the anxious Ibrahim Kudwa, an Internet-store owner and the only observant Muslim in the neighborly society; social worker Georgina Rego who loathes amoral redevelopers but wants to trump her wealthy sister; Sengeeta Puri, who cares for her son afflicted with Down's Syndrome;Ramesh Ajwani, an ambitious real-estate broker and more.

Only one resident holds out: Masterji, a retired school teacher who lives alone after the recent death of his wife and the death of his daughter. Only here, at Vishram, can he cling to his memories and so he refuses to sell, even when the pot is sweetened...even when he is threatened emotionally and physically. Masterji is the one immutable roadblock between Shah and his legacy.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Praveen Krishnan on October 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was actually waiting for the Last Man in Tower. After all, The White Tiger was a fantastically written book with a fast paced narration, highlighting the pitfalls of the current system in a simplistic way. When I picked up the hardbound version from the local library, I had no clue as to what the book was based on. I had carefully avoided any reviews of the book to experience the joy of reading the book first hand.

The last man in tower is a simple tale of the travails and journey of a middle class community. Though all the families living in Vishram Society have their own share of happiness and pitfalls, they are drawn together by that one factor, the one factor that can bring together people from different classes of society - money. Mr. Shah, a local builder, makes a fair minded offer to each and every resident of the housing society to buy out their land, and to establish in its place a luxurious residential complex of epic proportions. Mr. Shah is generous enough to offer a price that is well above the current market price of the property. But, his ambition is hampered by a solitary old man, Masterji, who refuses to budge to the financial clout of the builder. It is not the way the builder deals with Masterji that makes the book an interesting read, but it is the way Masterji deals with his neighbors with whom he had spent a significant portion of his life, that makes the book a very compelling read. New found money opens a lot of new opportunities, and when a middle class person is offered never-before-seen kind of sum, it brings to the fore, the inner demon that has been masked in him. The book goes to show that such a person can go to any lengths to achieve his dream.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hande Z on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The "Tower" is Tower A in the housing complex known as the Vishram Society. It has two Towers, "A" and "B". Tower "B" was seven-storey high and was in good condition, populated by young executives. "A" had six, run down and occupied by poor families with a few units rented out. This was a story about a powerful developer called Shah who wanted to purchase the two towers for re-development. There was no trouble from Tower "B". The value of Tower "A" was between 8,000 to 12,000 rupees per square foot. Shah made an offer of 19,000 rupees om 13 May and gave the occupants until 3 October to accept, making clear that he would not extend the deadline even for a minute. The owners were delirious with joy, but four resisted. One by one succumbed, Mr Pinto, a good friend of Yogesh Murty (known as "Masterji") gave up after he was threatened with physical harm by a lone hired hand. In the end, only Masterji stood in the way of Shah. This is not a spoiler as it would become clear a quarter way into the novel that Masterji would be the lone opposition. Once the reader picks up this book it would be near impossible to put it down to find out how it ended, but this is not a thriller. The strength and beauty of this novel is far greater and deeper than a thriller.

Aravind writes in a simple, clear prose, reflective of the lives he describes in his story and yet he creates beauty through his insight into human nature. Shah describes his own vile self as a climber, "a lizard who climbs up walls that do not belong to him." Guarav, son of Masterji only calls his father when "he smells money on me.
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