N doesn't read many books, but when he does a finish a book, it usually means it was a pretty good book. I put quite a lot of faith into books he recommends, which is why I picked up Q & A. It's about an uneducated waiter in India who wins a quiz show with a prize money of a billion rupees, similar to Who Wants to be a Millionaire. There's an investigation, because everyone assumes this poor 18 year old couldn't know all those answers but he is able to answer the questions because of the life that he is led: living in the slums of India, working for an aging Bollywood actress, the people he meets and loves. Each chapter jumps back and forth between different periods of childhood, and I found it all to be really gripping. I didn't fully grasp all the references to Bollywood actors and actresses and there is a lot of sad circumstances in the book, but the likeability of the main character and the different structure of the novel more than make up for it!
that sounds like a goodie! i am always looking for a good read!ReplyDelete