The bestselling book behind the Oscar-winning film SLUMDOG MILLLIONAIRE directed by Danny Boyle Former tiffinboy Ram Mohammad Thomas has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz-show to win a cool one billion rupees.
But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he is pulling a fast one.
In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which incredible adventures in his life on the streets gave him the answers.
From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Ram's story is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy and tear-inducing joyousness of modern India.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/01/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552772501
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Review by silvercowrie
If you like Who wants to be a Millionaire you'll enjoy this. There is an Indian version of Millionaire which is hosted by one of Bollywood's mega stars. This book is based on that. It is the story of how a poor waiter from Mumbai becomes the biggest quiz show winner ever. Essentially, at the end of each chapter is the next question. As you move through the questions from 1000 rupee to the 1,000,000,000 rupee question his life story unfolds, moving backwards and forwards through different chapters of his life. It's like all Indian life is here in the raw. All the twists and turns his life takes, some of it funny, some of it seeming so unjust. There was something about this book that I found refreshing. The idea of it is so simple yet so engaging and the result is really quite clever.
Review by MisterJJones
An entertaining story of a young street-kid's life and luck in northern India, Q&A follows an unusual format of episodic flashbacks that, although confusing at times, helps to turn what could be a depressing tale of poverty and deprivation into an uplifting and entertaining read.
Review by pollard157
Brilliantly conceived story based on a quiz show contestant in India. Culture, humour, pathos and a happy ending!
Review by tronella
This was an audiobook, which took me a long time to get through as the narrator (Christopher Simpson) sounded like he was constantly shouting, which gave me a headache. I like the idea behind the book (by which I mean the whole millionaire show thing) but I'm afraid I just didn't really care.
Review by HeyYeah
Harder hitting than the film. Recommended.
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