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Slumdog Millionaire: A Novel (2005)

por Vikas Swarup

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Originally entitled Q&A, Vikas Swarup's Slumdog Millionaire unfolds the story of Ram Thomas, an uneducated orphan from the slums of Mumbai, India. The story opens with authorities, unconvinced that a slumdog could answer all twelve questions correctly on India's biggest game show, Who Will Win a Billion?, holding Ram on suspicions of cheating. Enter Smita Shah, a lawyer bent on rescuing Ram. With Smita as his listener, Ram reveals how his life experiences gave him the needed answers to win.… (mais)
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I longed to read this book ever since I found out that Slumdog Millionaire is an adaptation of a novel.
I was not disappointed with the action-packed adventure of this book.
The characters are well-described. You may find some scenes as scandalous or "not safe for work", so I have to warn you that it can be a heartbreaking read at times, especially that part in Taj Mahal.
I'd probably cry out loud while watching the movie (thanks to the sound effects and good acting).
Looking forward to watching it! ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Sympathique mais terriblement tiré par les cheveux ( )
  Nikoz | Aug 31, 2020 |
This was a great book! The structure, pacing, and plotlines were great and there was very much to like about the style and the characters. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit.

4 stars. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Mar 3, 2020 |
I saw the film a few years ago together with my mother, and I was amazed by the story – almost as much as I was amazed by Dev Patel and how wonderful he is. So, when I learned it was based on a book; it didn't take me long to go to the library in an attempt to find it. However, even though the library claimed to have it, it was nowhere to be found. Until the other day when I found it on a shelf way off where it's supposed to be. Talk about faith.

Ram Mohammad Thomas has just been arrested. Why? For winning the top prize on India's most popular quiz show. As a boy living in the slums of Mumbai, the producers of the show are convinced he cheated in order to win the billion rupees. Because how else would a slumdog be able to answer all twelve questions correctly? He even said he'd never been to school or even read a newspaper.

But when his lawyer asks him to explain how he knows the answers to those twelve questions, he takes her on a wild ride consisting of stories from different periods in his life, from the day he was found abandoned at a church to his days as a tour guide at Taj Mahal to only a few days before the quiz show. Each story contains an explain as to how he could possibly know the answer to each question.

Oh god. This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. It's heart-warming, occasionally hilarious but also heart-wrenching and tragedic. It's an absurd but still realistic story about the life of a young orphan boy and his experiences and relationship as he tries to survive in a world that couldn't care less for him.

I didn't want to put the book down and I felt a pang of sadness when I read the last page. I didn't want it to end but at the same time, I didn't want it to continue either. It's brilliant just the way it is; a whirlwind of different genres – everything from comedy to drama, just like life itself. It is raw and powerful and just amazing. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
-One sentence theme: A poor Indian waiter is accused of cheating on a quiz show and he explains how he came to know all the answers.
-Plot summary: Ram is abandoned by his mother and brought up by an English priest who teaches him English. After the death of the priest, Ram goes to an orphanage, is sold to a gangster, escapes and learns to survive on his own. He is finally able to take part in a TV quiz show and win one billion rupees. No one believes an uneducated boy could know so much, so Ram explains with stories from his past, how he came to know the answers.
-Personal response: This is not a cinderella story. It is a glimpse into the real emotions and motivation behind what might seem on the surface to be, just luck. I loved the movie, but I like the book even more.
-Curricular connections: The disadvantage of being poor in India is clearly spelled out. There is no one to turn to and the police are feared above all else. Nothing compares to this in the first world, and there is empathy for those who choose to emigrate. ( )
  AnneJahnke | Oct 5, 2019 |
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Originally published as "Q & A," reissued in 2008 as "Slumdog Millionaire" to match the title of the film based on it.

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Originally entitled Q&A, Vikas Swarup's Slumdog Millionaire unfolds the story of Ram Thomas, an uneducated orphan from the slums of Mumbai, India. The story opens with authorities, unconvinced that a slumdog could answer all twelve questions correctly on India's biggest game show, Who Will Win a Billion?, holding Ram on suspicions of cheating. Enter Smita Shah, a lawyer bent on rescuing Ram. With Smita as his listener, Ram reveals how his life experiences gave him the needed answers to win.

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