Larger than life, but great entertainment,
This review is from: Q & A (Paperback)
A young Indian waiter wins the billion rupee prize on a television quiz show. Suddenly, Ram Mohammad Thomas finds himself arrested and accused of cheating - largely because the television company concerned can't actually afford to pay up. The story then jumps back and forth through time as Thomas explains to the lawyer defending him how he came to know the answers to the questions.
People who like a straight beginning, middle and end to a story should be warned that the chronology and structure of this story do jump around, so you have to pay careful attention to keep track of details. But the snapshots of Thomas' life also illustrate various aspects of contemporary Indian life and culture, as well as the country's history, and although Thomas' life is laced with melodrama and occasional brutality, the story really holds your attention.
Unbelievable in places, this novel is part homage to the larger-than-life Bollywood film industry, and the characters and story are so engaging that you really have to read on to find out how it all comes together.