Solitary. Readers who enjoy fine writing that stimulates deep thinking should consider Aravind Adiga’s latest novel, Last Man in Tower. Sixty-one year old retired teacher, Masterji, is a widower who has lived in Vishram Society Tower A for decades, and the place holds memories for him, and his relationship with his neighbors seems positive and mutually supportive. When a developer proposes buying the building, all residents except Masterji agree. His stolid perseverance brings out animosity in his neighbors. How does one be true to oneself and live in community? What are our obligations to our neighbors? Adiga’s fine writing lays out the plot and develops multiple characters in ways that will captivate readers and present the range of complexity in human nature.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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