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Last man in tower

by Adiga, Aravind.

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD FIC Adig
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Recorded Book
 
Call Number  BCD FIC Adig
 
 
Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In this slowly coalescing yet ultimately high-stakes drama concerning the fate of an old apartment building on the swampy outskirts of seething, polluted Mumbai, Man Booker Prize winner Adiga (The White Tiger, 2008) continues his satirical inquiry into the forces at work in the new India. Dharmen Shah, an excessively ambitious developer, is hell-bent on buying out the co-op group, tearing down the tower, and erecting a monumental dream palace. His cash offer functions like a stick thrust into a beehive. Everyone is abuzz and ready to sting as some view the buyout as a godsend, while others think it's a catastrophe. In this shrewdly constructed microcosm, Adiga wryly yet tenderly portrays a spectrum of struggling individuals, among them Mrs. Puri and her Down syndrome son; social worker Mrs. Rego, whose husband abandoned the family; and retired teacher Masterji, who has lost his daughter and his wife. As the promise of wealth trumps basic decency, let alone morals, Masterji, a tragically deluded man of principle and pride, becomes the last holdout, clinging to the tower as emblematic of all that is under assault in a mindlessly greedy, materialistic world. Adiga's calculatingly detailed and elaborately suspenseful, charming yet murderous tale asks painful questions about community, the dark bewitchment of money, and all that we endanger fo. progress. . . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Because Adiga's devilishly on-target comedy has earned him fame and a major readership, a hefty first printing and extensive promotion are set for this riveting novel of greed, conspiracy, and bloodshed.--Seaman, Donn. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Mumbai was still Bombay, the apartment building became the new village, inhabitants growing up and old together, intertwined in one another's rhythms and needs. Tower A of the Vishram Society is one such building-both a character and the setting in this highly allegorical yet riveting novel, Adiga's first since winning the Man Booker Prize for The White Tiger. Here, Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Communists have lived together for decades, finding recent common ground in their suspicions about the new "modern" single girl in 3B. But when a developer offers each resident an astronomical sum to move out so that he might build a luxury condo, greed threatens to destroy the community. But one holdout, the teacher Mr. Masterji, is determined that knowledge and principle will protect him. Though occasionally overwritten ("The hypodermic needle of the outside world had bent at his epidermis and never penetrated"), Adiga is a master of pacing. The momentum builds as Masterji's neighbors become consumed by money, allowing Adiga to show his characters grappling with circumstances, and enduring difficult changes of heart. Adiga takes a harsh look at Mumbai's new wealth, but his characters are more than archetypes. Though the allure of capitalism has won them over, the inhabitants of Tower A are at the mercy of the rich as much as their neighbor, the teacher, is at the mercy of them. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Apartment dwellers -- India -- Fiction.
Apartment houses -- India -- Fiction.
Real estate developers -- India -- Fiction.
Social conflict -- India -- Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Random House Audio,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Dastor, Sam.
Random House Audio Publishing.
Participants/Performers Read by Sam Dastor.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 13 audio discs (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780307940964
0307940969
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