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Q & A: A Novel
by Vikas Swarup

Published: 2008-08-12
Paperback : 336 pages
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Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut, which provided the inspiration for the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, is a page-turning and beguiling story of love, perseverance, and drama.

Vikas Swarup's remarkable debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is ...
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Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut, which provided the inspiration for the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, is a page-turning and beguiling story of love, perseverance, and drama.

Vikas Swarup's remarkable debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history—from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.

Swarup's Q & A is a charming blend of high comedy, drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know—not just about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil—and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.

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Why did the screen writers make so many changes?
Which story (the book or the movie version) is more satisfying?
by kimhalti (see profile) 09/15/10

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Different from the movie
by kimhalti (see profile) 09/15/10
I would strongly recommend that club members watch the movie again (even if you've already seen it) after reading the book. Obviously the movie is great but so is the book and it really is remarkably different. The book on disc narrated by Christopher Simpson under the title Slumdog Millionaire is excellent, especially for those who may struggle with Indian names.

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  "Q&A"by marlagorman (see profile) 09/16/10

A quick-read book that deals with some issue of human tragedies but you're given the chance to see the difference even one person can make. This book emphasizes the addage that what you
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  "The REAL "slumdog""by kimhalti (see profile) 09/15/10

Q & A was very popular amongst our group members; the biggest difficulty is the many characters and places with unfamiliar Indian names, and the fact that the different episodes in the main character's... (read more)

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