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5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Read, 14 Jan 2008
This review is from: Q & A (Paperback)
If I were to single out only one feature that, above all others, is the most important attribute of a successful book it would have to be 'voice' above all else - even character. Q and A is narrated in the first person by an uneducated, if precocious, young man who had the misfortune to have been born on 'the wrong side of the tracks' in urban India, and the good fortune to be endowed with more than his share of luck, which he exploits in a 'no limits' publicity quiz programme, designed carefully to create the maximum publicity for its sponsors with the least chance of having to pay money out by its expedient selection of uneducated participants.

I'll say nothing of the means by which his luck comes about, because that would give away the subtle sub-plots of the story. Suffice to say that he 'bankrupts' the programme, and the producers, calling 'foul' try to have him gaoled.

A couple of reviewers on this site chide the author for some childish, or simplistic, prose. But that's the whole point. This is a childish and simplistic young man. His lack of sophistication is beautifully captured in Vikas Swarup's narration.

Anyone wishing to develop their writing skills should read this book to see how 'voice' can create an absorbing and entertaining story. Along the way they will discover love and pathos and much amusement.

Highly recommended.
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