Book Title: Q&A
Author: Vikas Swarup
Category: fiction; drama
# of pages: 318
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.
Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history -- from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.
Swarup's Q & A is a beguiling blend of high comedy, drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know -- not just about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil -- and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.
My Thoughts: This book is nothing short of amazing. I loved the storyline and characters. However, the best thing about this book was the twists and turns within each chapter of this captivating novel. I also loved the explanation to why Ram knew the answers to each and every question on "W3B". After reading Q&A, I now have added it to my favorite books of all time. I cannot wait to see "Slumdog Millionaire", even though I have heard that it is totally different from the book.
Books read this year: 16/50.
Pages read this year: 6486/15000
Next read(s): I am about to startThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.