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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Could You Repeat The Question?

Ron Charles, senior editor at the Washington Post Book World, writes a breezy, on-the-surface review of Vikas Swarup's racy, disappointing Q&A:

"...Vikas Swarup provides a strange mixture of sweet and sour in this erratically comic novel...what Q &A lacks in subtlety it makes up for in charm and melodrama...There are enough horrors here to drain a million liberals' bleeding hearts, but Ram never suggests the solution will come from a different political arrangement, more equitable distribution of wealth or social revolution. The real question is whether individuals will choose to treat one another more humanely, more selflessly. You can guess his final answer."


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