‘Last Man in Tower’-Book Review

About the book


 Arvind Adiga

Picture of the Author




Price [INR]




Main Plot

The plot is about Vishram Society, a housing society at Mumbai’s Vakola area. The story takes you through the lives of the middle class residents, their dreams, desires and how the greedy demons residing in their skins come alive when a builder gives them an offer of huge sum in return of vacating their flats so that he can ‘develop’ the land.‘Last man’ here refers to one of the residents of the society, who is an old retired teacher, fondly called as Masterjee, living alone and fighting alone for his ‘right to be free‘.

No. of Characters

7 leads

Tone of writing is

Straight and sarcastic.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes, very much.

The reasons I liked the book

>Set up in Mumbai, it talks fluently about the city and its dirty secrets, the desires that are so strongly mixed in its air that people cannot help but breathe it in and feel greedy.

>It very neatly shows the various colours of human nature. The strength of relationships melting by the moment and money taking over all the emotions and empathy.

>The story kind of grows on you, gets in your blood and starts flowing within you. You want to know more of Masterjee’s struggle and his bravery of sticking to his principles.

>You for once feel like getting into the story and iron out all odds, for Masterjee and stand by him.

>It makes you ask question like ‘how easy it is to overcome the guilt of robbing someone of his trust?’;‘Is it wrong to stick to your principles?’ ; ‘Is there no law and order?’ ; ‘Can everything be bought by money? People, love, friendships, self respect, everything?

>It is a sleek story narrated in a simple fashion where in the reader will feel empathetic towards the protagonist, will feel the pressure of power acting up on the middle class fragility, will be able to read the cunning mind of that builder and above all the reader would feel the story of a common man coming to life.

>The author’s hold on language is the trump card of the book.

On the other hand

>The story takes a little time to kick start. You’ve to give at least initial few pages of patience to get the grip of the plot.

>The ones who don’t live in Mumbai or don’t know the city even at the surface level might feel a little out of place but then this is not a  reason at all to not pick this book!!


30 thoughts on “‘Last Man in Tower’-Book Review

    1. Yes the 700/- are worth for these 400 odd pages 🙂 I’m sure you’ll like it if you say you like plots based at Mumbai…you can relate to the places mentioned and the way things work in the city 🙂

  1. Very well written review Scribby. I haven’t really read any of the books of Arvind Adiga. May be will start the love affair with this one.

      1. I picked up The White Tiger, read the initial pages, the writing and the language in this book too were crisp and entertaining & funny at times. But i didn’t like the way plot of opening, and i stopped reading it. it kind of made me sad.
        But yes, it really looked interesting, i think if you enjoyed the Last Man in Tower then you will like the White tiger as well…

    1. hehehe thanks 🙂 I think by writing this way I save readers from getting too much knowledge of the plot as well the pointers make it easy for the reader rather reading long paragraphs…just my thoughts 🙂

      1. Scrbby.. as Nithvin mentioned – I am in love with your review style… very crisp and to the point!! I am sure if I pick up this book, its because of your review only 🙂

  2. I dont know why but i did not get the updates on posts especially the last one tooo ..

    I have read a couple of reviews on the book .. and I am sure I wrote a comment on this one .. blimey I am having some sort of break down I dont rememebr

  3. Scribby,

    How how can you do such an organized review 🙂 The author himself shall give you a signed copy. Loved the structure 🙂 First time I am seeing a review with a structure like this !:)

    I havent read him. But I feel that I will like his style. I see his books here but somehow never got down to buying it. I must, soon ! 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely review Scribby! 🙂

    1. this review is more of a breather to me than the readers 😉 It’s short and sweet and doesn’t give away much of the plot,me thinks..also it is nice to write less words for a review than kind of write the synopsis… 😀

      thanks! I felt the same for his books but then decided to read it since I had already bought it…though it’s after almost a year that I picked it up!

  4. Loved the style of the review, Scribby, as always. 🙂

    I haven’t read anything by Aravind Adiga. This one sounds like an interesting book to start with. I shall check this one out soon. 🙂

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