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And for someone who is kind of enamored of India, like me, this was a real treat. However instead of relentlessly, humorlessly grinding his axe on every page he fills the narrative with a Dickensian passion for social evils wrapped around a wide ranging plot that balances absurdity and disgusted honesty with varied and colorful characters. Similar incidents of displacement of the less privileged were reported from London and other cities that had hosted such major events. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji.

Even the main character, Masterji, felt flat, never fully developing a life of his own, for me at least, beyond the ticks and past incidents worked out in advance by the author.

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga – review

As he unravels life after life, the ambivalence deepens, for Shah is not as bad as he seems and the Vishramites are not as pure as they appear to be! On the other hand, when Shah extends his splendid offer to the people of Vishram, the characters of the Vishramites start to unravel. It shows us the dark side of common towef who are on the verge of losing that one thing whose pursuit is both dangerous and precious — a dream. The Pure Gold Baby.

Is he any less selfish than Shah? The descriptions of places too is fascinating and detailed and takes you right there to Mumbai as you read the book — the real Mumbai with real people. And freee you’re an Indian person out there, you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s not true, that’s not true”. A ruthless property developer offers an attractive buyout to the people living in a crumbling 50 years old apartment building located in a prime land in Mumbai where he plans to build a high rise to make a killing.


This book has more of a slow, trickling effect.

But for now their common duty was to fight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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You may be wondering why I have all these five star books. The important character of Mrs Rego, who should be sympathetic and who plays an increasingly important role in ih events unfold, remains uninteresting, one note and not wholly arsvind. Would it be so awful if Secretary Kothari could live in sight of the flamingos of his youth, so that “all the wasted decades in between fell away”?

Vishramites symbolize the golden mean of Indian society—neither filthy rich nor abjectly poor, a hard-working people who have preserved their identity and dignity amid the buffeting winds of change.

It is very interesting to watch how society dynamics change, how relationships are impacted friends, family, neighbors and how individuals change when faced with choices like in the book. Third, there is this vast communication gap between Old India and New India. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sep 20, Minutes.

Aug 07, Pages. Nothing is quite as it seems in the novel, which makes for surprises both pleasant and disturbing.

Published September by Alst Books first published January 1st Mar 28, Usman Hickmath rated ffree really liked it. There’s nothing Indian about me! Jn didn’t understand and I didn’t take her dime and we haven’t had a yard sale since.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Jan 03, Ajay rated it really liked it. Like all cautionary tales, it embodies more than a little truth about our times.

He also has a maddening tendency to have people use each other’s names when talking to one another, which hardly ever happens in real life. Want to Read saving…. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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View all 7 comments. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.


One reason for the comparison to Dickens is that the book is not particularly sophisticated structurally; indeed, parts of it seem a bit amorphous, int he 19th-century tradition, with him moving from one character to another almost on a whim. Last Man in Tower has a broader and more forgiving feel than The White Tigerincorporating a gentler comic tone that finds affection as well as despair in poking fun at its characters’ pretensions and frailties. Less Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Their motives, weakness and eccentricities are illustrated with deceptive simplicity. Hardcoverpages. Adiga captures with heartbreaking authenticity the real struggle in Indian cities, which is for dignity. Forcible usurpation of and forcible eviction from land and property is a burning issue in India.

Shah and his “left-hand man”, the sinuous Shanmugham, ride into town offering each resident a vast sum of money to quit their property: Wonder what the happiness index of people living in Indian city would be compared to global standards.

But if his secret and apparently inviolable weapon is a lack of lasst desire that means he cannot be bought, it also comes to seem like a weakness, indicating an inability to empathise with his fellow residents. A man’s past keeps growing, even when his future has come to a full stop.

In this well written story Adiga explores t A ruthless property developer offers an attractive buyout to the people living in a crumbling 50 years old apartment building located in a prime land in Mumbai where he plans to build a high rise to make a killing.

It is the writing which salvages the show. It’s a subtle story of change and what it has to offer and what price one has to pay for it. Too many ideological similarities to White Tiger. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

Who else writes fdee India quite like him?