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Published on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:58 Hrs
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The name Aravind Adiga is well-known for his Booker Prize Winning Novel, The White Tiger. The book was appreciated mostly for the insight that Adiga had provided to his readers into the contradictions of contemporary India. Adiga's latest title to hit the bookstore shelves is Last Man in Tower. As the title hints, the novel is about a man who refuses to give up his home in the face of ambitious real estate development. The plot of the novel might seem pretty Bollywood-ish yet does satisfy the Adiga expectations for his readers. The “last man” of the Novel is Yogesh Murthy, also known as Masterji is a retired school teacher. He, chooses to be the last man in Tower - A of a co-operative housing society that was established in the 1950s. Tower A, the building means no less than that of a heritage site for him. Masterji is a principled, and resolute man who defies acceptance of the so-called new age development for the sake of genuine sentiments that are much more concrete than all those new age multistory-ed buildings surrounding him.

 

In his third book, Last Man In The Tower Adiga digs deeper into the realities of urban life. A Real Estate Mogul named Shah offers the residents an unbelievable amount of money so that he can get rid of the old buildings and construct a glitzy new structure named Shanghai. Last man in the tower makes a great and entertaining read. Now with this not so new plot what can a reader expect more being it an Adiga title? Make no presumption, there is no place for disappointment my friends, Adiga paints a picture of the real estate jungle where ambition, money, are predators seeking to dig their fangs into the soft flesh of sentiments and grow stronger and stronger in time. The dark picture of our civilized world will leave you deep in though atleast for a moment or two. The strong battle that rages between heart rending sentiments and apathy of ambition is the unique selling point of the literary piece.

 

The plot construction is ingeniously uncomplicated as if Adiga deliberately wanted it to come as foil to the complexity of the intellection that runs through the veins of the whole story. In the Novel, the real estate giant, Dharmen Shah is a man who “earned a reputation as a man who made other men rich,” as Adiga writes. Shah dreams of creating his tower of fortune, Shanghai over this half a century old housing complex. He sends his left-hand man, Shanmugham to go downtown offering an enticing sum of money to grab the fancy of people living in Vishram Housing Society. Tower B of the housing complex is inhabited by young executives who fall for this mouth watering deal almost instantly, people in Tower A prove to be slightly more rigid, eventually they too meet their nemesis, all excepting the last man in the tower, Yogesh Murthy. Although the people of the housing society do have unity yet their individual history, sentiments and sensibilities prove to be the weak link in the team, this is where shah and his men aspire to en cash in. Despite all endeavour from Shah and company,Masterji stands up against all odds.

 

Its best not to divulge further into the ending of the story, lest it spoils the spice. Last man in the tower makes a great and entertaining read. Oxford Bookstore gives the Last Man in the tower a thumbs up for good reads.

 

 

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Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga was born in 1974 in Madras (now called Chennai), and grew up in Mangalore in the south of India. He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of India. His first novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008. His new novel, Last Man in Tower, will be published in 2011.

 

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