The first thing the inevitable thing is the comparison to The White Tiger Aravind Adiga s first book that won the Man Booker Prize Side note I have no idea about the awards most books win and do
The first thing, the inevitable thing, is the comparison to The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga's first book that won the Man Booker Prize. (Side note: I have no idea about the awards most books win and don't really use those as a reason for reading - or not reading - a book.)I thought The White Tiger packed a punch, it was in your face, fast-paced... None of these characteristics are present in this book. This book has more of a slow, trickling effect. It kind of creeps up on you and then leaves you devastated, which is how I felt a couple of minutes after I finished it.Whereas the previous book was from the point of view of a poor person in India, this one examines a group of people who would probably fall into the middle class, or the lower middle class. It follows a similar pattern, in that it looks at how far people are willing to go to make money or, more accurately, move themselves up into a better situation. I kind of thought that the climax of the story towards the end happened too quickly, as well as the tying up of the rest of it, which was covered in the epilogue. Though, on the other hand, it makes sense because the crux of it all was everything leading up to it and how their mindsets changed over the course of time. In fact, the more I consider the book, the more "truthful" or "real" it seems. I can actually imagine that this could happen in India.As I think about it more while it processes, I may have more to say. End note: I do have a copy of Adiga's 2nd book, Between the Assassinations, checked out of the library but I'm not sure if I can take reading more of these depressing stories about India right now. Might have to read at least one book in between before I attempt that one.Popular Last Man in Tower Creat Aravind Adiga is a Books 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 toA 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.. Aravind Adiga was born in 1974 in Madras now called Chennai , and grew up in Mangalore in the south of India He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of India His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008 Its release was followed by a collection of short stories in the book titled Between the Assassinations His second novel, Last Man in the Tower, was published in 2011 His newest novel, Selection Day, was published in 2016.. A viral Books Last Man in Tower Sorry to start with a cliche, but wow. I have never been to India and I'm only somewhat familiar with Delhi. I didn't know anything about Mumbai before I read this. Sure, there's Slumdog Millionaire, but I haven't read the book and all I got from the movie was that there are very, very poor people living in slums next door to very luxurious buildings. Which also happens to be the case in Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro and other places. If you want to see, hear, smell, taste, truly experience Mumbai read Last Man in Tower. It's not just the incredible descriptions of places and the people who inhabit them; Adiga applies the same amount of detail to a colorful cast of characters to the point that you really feel that you're living in their heads--until they do something that truly surprises you.I'm not particularly fond of horror movies, but I enjoy those when people have to get together to solve their common problem and end up turning on each other. It's also one of my favorite things about The Lord of the Flies: desperate people can be led to do the most objectionable things, often to people they care about. This book is long and between all the detail and the slow buildup you have the time to observe the full process of men (and women) becoming a gruesome version of themselves. And yet, at no point the author allows them to become inhuman, however unspeakable their actions. The epilogue in particular, when you think you've seen the end of the story, packs a really strong punch.I've been looking to read Adiga's previous book, The White Tiger, for a while. Now I can't wait to get my hands on it.
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