In the rapidly expanding city of Mumbai, where new buildings sprout like weeds, the construction business isn’t just a front for illegal activity, it’s a raison d’être. When a less-than-ethical developer tries to lure, and later coerce, a community of long-standing tenants out of their apartment complex, it is only the widowed schoolteacher of 3A who continues to rebuff him. Portraying this struggle in Last Man in Tower, Adiga — the author of the Man Booker-winning The White Tiger — maps out, in luminous prose, India’s ambivalence toward its accelerated growth, while creating an engaging protagonist in the stubborn resident: a man whose ambition and independence have been tempered with an understanding of the important, if almost imperceptible, difference between development and progress. A-
TOWER OF POWER STRUGGLE An unethical land developer faces off against a widowed schoolteacher in Adiga's Mumbai-based novel
Genre: Fiction; Author: Aravind Adiga; Publisher: Knopf
Posted September 14 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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