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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aravind Adiga Narrator: Sam Dasto Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    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.”

    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.”


  • “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

  • “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.”

    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.”

    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

  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A 2011 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arzan Raimalwala | 2/10/2014

    " A fictional story about one man standing up against the construction mafia and corruption in contemporary urban India. While the book makes for an easy read and an interesting story, the characters don't seem to be thoroughly developed and as a result the story doesn't come alive as much. Little disappointing as a follow up to White Tiger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " Very slow to get started but about half way through i couldn't put it down. It generated great book club discussion about honor and virtue vs pride and ego. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Riet | 2/2/2014

    " Dit is het verhaal van een an, die weigert zijn flat in een groter gebouw te verkopen ondanks,dat hij veel geld kan krijgen van de projectontwikkelaar. Dit wordt hem niet in dank afgenomen door zijn buren, die zich allemaal laten verleiden door het grote geld. Goed geschreven met veel humor. Je moet wel even door de eerste 2 hoofdstukken heenlezen om er in te komen, maar daarna lees je het in een ruk uit. Het einde is, op zijn zachtst gezegd, verrassend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gillian | 1/30/2014

    " Adiga slowly dragged us into a micro cosmos of Indian Society and what happens when a Building Contractor shark decides this is the area of land where he has to build his next skyscraper. Money is offered to all inhabitants and, from a tight friendly community, the families begin to squabble, as they see and feel the disappearance of their dream, because of a retired school teacher who approaches the contractor's offer from a more moral, rigid, angle. The disintegration from friends to foes is developed around the central character of Yogesh Murthy or 'Masterji'. At the same time Adiga also allows the readers to get closer to the everyday lives and characters of the other inhabitants. Beautifully written, I almost felt I was there. "

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