Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Book - 2008
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Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested--for answering twelve questions correctly on TV's Who Will Win a Billion? Ram has never gone to school and never read a newspaper. There is no way a poor orphan from Jimmy's Bar could know the names of the planets or the plays of Shakespeare ... unless he cheated. Rescued from his police cell by a lawyer, Ram reviews television footage of his flawless performance and takes us on an amazing tour of his life growing up in Asia's biggest slum--from the day he is salvaged from a garbage can, to his job with a faded Bollywood star, to working as an over-creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal, to falling in love with Nita, a young prostitute. A brilliantly conceived fable with a modern sensibility, Slumdog Millionaire is a comic and charming novel that paints an enthralling portrait of humanity.

Originally published as Q&A.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2008.
ISBN: 9781554685134
Characteristics: 303, 15 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Swarup, Vikas

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kindrabirss
Aug 21, 2014

I picked up this book because I enjoyed the movie. I will say it is pretty different from the movie so I enjoyed it on that level because I wasn't always sure what would happen next. I found the writing a bit clunky and because each chapter jumped in time and place it was a bit disorienting until about halfway through when you started to piece together what was happening. I did like this book, but I really didn't love it.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Jun 20, 2013

It took me a few chapters before I got into the story, but wow, what a story. There are so many twists and turns, and some parts are a bit unrealistic/unbelievable, but I guess that's part of the message the book sends about fate and destiny.

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writermala
May 10, 2013

Even after watching the movie I found the book really exciting. I would say I enjoyed the book much more than the movie!

The story is a boy from Mumbai's slum who goes onto answer an incredible number of questions in a "who wants to be a millionaire" like quiz show.

While the novel is fiction, much of it is based on fact and speaks to life in India and the dichotomy between the lives of the rich and the poor.

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VRMurphy
Apr 17, 2013

This is a tremendous first novel - just for that, it would stand out. Yes, some of the details were changed for the movie, but they`re two different art forms and the adaptation stands true to the original. They`re both excellent. Strongly recommended.

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KatrinaP
May 02, 2012

This is the book that "Slumdog Millionaire" was based on. And pretty loosely based too. The movie takes the concept of the gameshow and shows how Ram, the main character, has arrived at the point of being able to answer a set of increasingly obscure questions, despite his being an uneducated tea wallah. The actual questions and experiences related to the answering of those questions differ hugely between the book and the movie and so consequently, even if you've watched the film, the book is fresh and never, never dull. An excellent read.

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teachermcnair0710
Apr 09, 2012

Easy read. Good story. I like how the focus in the novel is more about Thomas' life as opposed to the film, where the focus is the love story. Some detailed descriptions about the realities of life in India.

raminjoker Mar 06, 2012

The book is the one which Slumdog millionaire movie is made upon.
very weak in literature and metaphoric expression. Though a good source of reference about miseries of life in India.

fluffarama21 Dec 01, 2010

This will be discussed July 27, 2011 at the Frisbie Senior Center.

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SportyReader
Oct 07, 2010

This is a brilliantly written book and makes the film very pale in comparison. In fact there is barely any similarity between this and the film and I'm glad because I thought Slumdog Millionaire was a poor tranlsation and went the hollywood route. I was disappointed as Danny Boyle is a good director and has done some very good movies.

Still, the book is a rare gem and one not to be missed!

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aqua17
Oct 02, 2010

Best book I ever read! once you've read a few pages you can never stop. There are some differences between the movie and the book, but they are both excellent.

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