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Last Man in Tower – Aravind Adiga

Published December 29, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

A tale of one man refusing to leave his home in the face of property development. Tower A is a relic from a co-operative housing society established in the 1950s. When a property developer offers to buy out the residents for eye-watering sums, the principled yet arrogant teacher is the only one to refuse the offer, determined not to surrender his sentimental attachment to his home and his right to live in it, in the name of greed. His neighbours gradually relinquish any similar qualms they might have and, in a typically blunt satirical premise take matters into their own hands, determined to seize their slice of the new Mumbai as it transforms from stinky slum to silvery skyscrapers at dizzying, almost gravity-defying speed.

What did I think?:

This is the second book of Aravind Adiga’s that I have read, after thoroughly enjoying his Man Booker prize winning novel The White Tiger which I also recommend. In this novel we meet a host of colourful characters who are living happily in a tower block in Mumbai despite the occasional shabbiness and state of repair of their apartments. Unfortunately, change is coming in the shape of a ruthless property developer called Dharmen Shah who offers a life-changing amount of money to the residents of Tower A so that he may demolish and re-develop it as part of the “new” India. There is one catch however, all the residents must agree to be bought out, for the plan to go through, and there is one tenant – Masterji, who refuses to be moved. Masterji, an old teacher who often lectures some of the children in the towers, is quite happy in his home and quite stubbornly refuses to be goaded. His apartment is filled with memories of his late wife and daughter, and quite simply he is reluctant to leave them behind.

There is a lot of humour in this novel, especially if you like your humour quite dark…as there is bucket loads of darkness in this novel. The tenants of Tower A become almost infatuated with greed for the money on offer, and the author explores an interesting concept of exactly how far people will go to get rich. The whole smell and feel of Mumbai is also on show and the contrast between the skyscrapers for the rich and the poverty in the slums is laid out, with no holds barred for the reader to immerse themselves in. I loved the array of characters, and thought they were conceived perfectly, especially Masterji who I found myself rooting for throughout the novel. I think anyone who enjoyed The White Tiger will love this novel, and I cannot wait to read his next. One of my auto-buy authors? Most definitely!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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WWW Wednesday #25

Published December 18, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, it’s WWW Wednesday! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just about to start this book for one of my GoodReads book groups, Bright Young Things, looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

What did you recently finish reading?:

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Just finished this book and loved it. Really wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did so it was a pleasant surprise! My review should be up sometime next week hopefully.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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Another one I’m looking forward to! I’ve seen the film with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, but never actually read the original play. Time to change that methinks.

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit. Happy Reading Everyone!

WWW Wednesday #24

Published December 11, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, it’s WWW Wednesday! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m reading this book as part of a “Talking About” series I participate in with my wonderful sister ChrissiReads and am really enjoying it so far. Look out for our review at some point next week! (I think)

What did you recently finish reading?

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This was the first book of Laurie Halse Anderson’s that I’ve read, and I was really impressed! Look out for my review in a few days time.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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I read the Man Booker prize winning novel The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga not so long ago and really enjoyed it so looking forward to checking out this one.

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit. Happy Reading Everyone!