SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE BOOK
Q & A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. Published in , it was the author's . In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the themes are: true love, determination, corruption vs subservience, poverty, and ultimately greed. Jamal loves. Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, Ind Q & A is the book that inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire. However, the two. Slumdog Millionaire book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Q&A - renamed Slumdog Millionaire after the Oscar- winning fi.
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But he was not a Slumdog-kid as described in the book: He did his schooling at Boys' Millionaire is for the fact that Ram, as a Slumdog, becomes a millionaire. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Slumdog Millionaire: A Novel at myavr.info Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Vikas Swarup's *Slumdog Millionaire*, reviewed and recommended fiction. Originally published as q & a, Vikas Swarup's debut novel is the story of Ram.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I've heard that the book isn't that good and not nearly as good as the movie. Is this true? Smit Zaveri The book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie. The characters are well fleshed out and it is very …more The book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie.
The characters are well fleshed out and it is very well written. Maybe i'm the only one who like the book more than the movie. Abby James I really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book just the premise and a few other …more I really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book just the premise and a few other things.
It's rare that an interpretation is so well thought out. The book is simple and interesting on its own. The twist at the end is delicious and it was a compelling read.
The movie on the other hand had so many layers. It was if it was a completely different novel in itself. Both can be appreciated. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I should mention that this 1-star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" which I liked much better than the book. I am glad that the movie-makers smartly retained the only decent thing about this novel that is the game show plot device and tossed almost all of the rest into the trash because that's where this novel truly belongs.
This book badly needs some editing or even better, a different author. I read in some review that "Slumdog Millionaire" feels lik I should mention that this 1-star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" which I liked much better than the book. I read in some review that "Slumdog Millionaire" feels like a juvenile's attempt at writing and I have to agree. It is not even L of literature. It does not take long to get tired of the flat narration.
Anyway, writing style is perhaps not the biggest problem with this novel.
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The story is so full of cliches. Every episode in the life of the protagonist seems as if it is pulled out of some cheap bollywood masala movie the episodes in the movie Slumdog are way better. Swarup took all the vices and social issues he could think of and stitched it all together into a story. Child abuse, murder, suicide, incest, prostitution, theft, robbery, corruption, eve-teasing, poverty, riots, religious squabbles, underworld, India-Pak war it's all there.
Homophobia and pedophilia is way overdone. Such is the cheap drivel Swarup is selling in the name of realism. He has played out the religion card too and named the hero 'Ram Mohammed Thomas'. With this selling recipe in place Mr. Swarup perhaps didn't think there was any need put an effort into the actual writing anymore. These are a few snippets of this book's review from Amazon by people outside India: Well written and full of both common day-life and historical facts about the densely populated peninsula, This ain't modern India or even India in the older times for that matter.
None of the episodes in the book has even a faint resemblance to the life of a common man in India. A common man doesn't spend all his life amidst every imaginable crime and misery.
Swarup is pandering to the western audience by giving an impression that abuse, poverty, misery and what not is all there is to Indian way of life.
And that too from a person like Vikas Swarup who is an India diplomat and is supposed to represent India to the world outside. At least I think it was pretty clear in the movie that it was just a story of an orphan boy from slums.
The depiction of Bombay slum life as a backdrop was perhaps much closer to reality in the movie than Swarup's novel. The movie never seemed to claim that that was the essence of life in India.
Swarup, on the other hand, draws his characters from different economic classes, different religions, people ranging from movie stars to diplomats, priests, businessmen, middle-class, slum-dwellers and all. And he presents every possible way of life in India with just a dark side to it.
Swarup himself does not even live in India. And even during his visits to India I am sure he has only experienced the life of rich upper class who form only a small fraction of our population.
It is not a surprise that he is completely out of the touch of the reality of common life in India. Someone please tell him that watching a bunch of bollywood movies is not how you get an experience of Indian life. View all 54 comments. Published in , it was the author's first novel.
Set in India, it tells the rags to riches story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that he cheated.
Over the course of the novel, Ram Mohammed Thomas gives flashbacks of his life to explain to the police how he knew the answers to the show's questions - including the corruption he was faced with and had to overcome. The book is about destiny vs luck, and personal dedication.
In , the book was loosely adapted into the multiple Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, which features a new main character named Jamal and his brother Salim. The movie is a comment on how poverty and corruption poison the human spirit, and how to retain one's true self in the face of adversity.
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One of the books I've discovered for Serbia, and I'm very proud of doing it much before the movie is made or won the Oscar This book has that "something" that makes you instantly fell in love with it from first sentence And you don't forget it ages later It took quite a time to catch readers' attention in Serbia Although this book had many editions in Serbia, his publisher completely ignored his second novel, pitty View all 3 comments. I was completely unenchanted with the movie Slumdog Millionaire; the story, I felt, was predictable with characters that were totally uninteresting or completely unlikable.
However, much as I was unimpressed with the movie, I couldn't shake the feeling that there was the kernel of a very interesting story there, and that maybe, just maybe, I might have a good experience with the book. I am pleased to report that I was correct - the book [u: A few things t I was completely unenchanted with the movie Slumdog Millionaire; the story, I felt, was predictable with characters that were totally uninteresting or completely unlikable.
A few things that I preferred in the novel: Not a linear time-frame; in the movie, the progression of questions in Millionaire followed the progress of the boy's life. In the book, this is not the case - the time-line slips around a bit, and answers to certain questions give hints of things not yet revealed that have occurred in the past.
It is far more intriguing, I thought, than a simple recitation of "then this happened; then this; and then this. Sunil is not a heartless murderer. One of the main problems I had with the film was the Sunil was detestable from the get-go, locking his brother in the toilet, then selling his hard-won autograph.
By contrast, the character of Sunil in the novel is a sweet boy, with no relation to the narrator, who loves films, who doesn't kill anyone, and who does not become hardened by the life around him.
Sunil from the book is very much what I imagine what they wanted Jamal from the movie to be, except somehow in the movie Jamal was completely lacking in charisma and was actually kind of creepy. Minimal love story. I am not a person who is opposed to a love story, certainly; however, as soon as Latika was introduced in the film, I groaned inwardly, that such an interesting premise was being wasted on yet another pair of star-crossed lovers.
The book, while there is certainly a romance, it does not span the entire book.
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Which allows Ram Mohammad Thomas which is the character of Jamal's name in the book to develop as a character beyond love-sick obsessive. It also allows the story to develop in interesting ways, as not everything is viewed through the lens of a forlorn lover. There are a lot more characters in the book who get their own stories, with more settings and more things happening. The book creates a believable story of how life experiences can prepare a man to win a billion Rupees on a quiz show that is entertaining, funny, tragic, and horrible, that deserves, rather than is cheapened by, its happy ending.
The movie just cannot compare. View all 9 comments. What's the saying? This is the book that presents a very young man who has already racked up quite the collection of life experiences, just by experiencing each day of his existence. Luckily and happily, he can put this extraordinary existence to use and win himself a lot of money! But wait! Ram himself is many times abused for Slumdog.
Millionaire is for the fact that Ram, as a Slumdog, becomes a millionaire. I think it is just a really pure language. Ram tells the story really honest and straight to the point. That is also a reason why I think this book is really touching. The book is really moving and, as I said before, touching. It is so hard to think there are still people living in this kind of poverty, just hoping for some money to buy food.
Not knowing where to sleep, not having a mother or father to cry on. You just live in misery. Is the world described realistic, idealized, a warning?
As I said before, the poverty and the slums are still happening right now. Do you agree with the message in the book? Does he open your eyes to certain problems? Your final opinion? The book really opens my eyes to the misery and poverty in India. Reading this makes you think. I feel so sorry for all the kids who live in Slums, not knowing if they will make it to the next day… It was touching, moving and emotional but beautiful.
That makes it interesting, but even more moving as well. Summary Ram Mohammed Thomas is at the police station, being questioned because he won a billion rupees in a quiz show. Not very ordinary for a Slumdog. The police suspects him for cheating in the show. After a lot of tortures, a friendly police-assistant called Smita, asks him to tell her how he knew the answers.
Ram tells her his whole life-story. Ram Mohammed Thomas was born in the Slums of India. His mother left him after he was born, and he was found in a bin. At first he was placed at Father Timothy, a parish priest. Father Timothy learned him to speak English and gave him a lot of religious knowledge. After an incident with another fake priest, Father Timothy dies and Ram has to find a place somewhere else.
At one moment, he lives in a chawl together with Salim. When he gets new neighbours, family Bapat, the father of the family does not allow him to speak to his daughter, his wife or to him.
The father is a scientist, specialized in Astronomy. But he is an alcoholic as well, and starts beating his wife and daughter Gudiya.
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Ram can hear all this through the thin walls, and feels really sorry for Gudiya. He speaks with her through a hole in the wall, holds her hand. He feels like he is her brother. Ram says he will find a solution for all this. At one night, when Mr. One week later, Ram pushes him off the stairs. Bapat is dead. Ram has to flee again.
But because of the astronomical knowledge of Mr. Bapat, Ram knows the smallest planet in our universe: Pluto. An answer at a question in the quiz show. He is picked up in a house with a lot of other kids. Email address: Vikas Swarup. What The Reviewers Say. Rave Iris Blasi , BookPage.
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Yet, set against the colorful backdrop of modern India, they start to seem increasingly plausible while still no less extraordinary. These picaresque adventures take place all over India. Along with Ram's ecumenical name, they suggest that our hero is meant to be an Indian Everyman. And he acts like one:In the break, Ram wants to shoot Prem Kumar, the quiz master. It is a tradition within her culture to send the most beautiful girl in the family to be a prostitute.
The book follows chapter by chapter how he acquired the knowledge of answering I read in Entertainment Weekly about how the film version Slumdog Millionare of this book is coming out later this month.
This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. Paulina, our waitress, notices his novel on the table and tells me she loved the film.