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Q & A Vikas Swarup s spectacular 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 questionRam 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 Vikas Swarup s Q A is a beguiling 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

10 thoughts on “Q & A

  1. says:

    Q A Slumdog Millionaire, Vikas SwarupQ A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat Published in 2005, 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 accusat

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    I should mention that this 1 star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movieSlumdog Millionairewhich 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

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    MUST READ MUST READ 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

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    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,

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    What s the saying You are the sum total of your life s experiences 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

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    Vikas Swarup s book is not Danny Boyle s film I first learned of Q A from an interview with Swarup, in which he criticized the movie that had made his characters into international names I can see why Q A is an intensely first person narrative with the details on paper rarely aligning to those that hit celluloid Swarup leads us into the

  7. says:

    Really liked this book, surprisingly it was as good as the movie So, great read

  8. says:

    I was torn about how to rate this book On one hand, I just loved the unusual plot, and could have easily given it 5 stars On the other hand, wow, I don t remember the last time I read anything so blatantly homophobic Three different male characters, two of whom are clearly identified as gay , were predatory pedophiles who abused young boys A thir

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    My review is based on the audiobook read by Christopher Simpson, who is absolutely outstanding given his vast array of accents and vocal gymnastics His readings adds an ingredient that would have been sorely missed without him Having just visited India, I found I was pulled right into the vivid storyline I loved the movie but I found the stories in th

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    I have rarely been as ambivalent about a book as I was about Q A I realized about half way through that I could put it down, never pick it up again, and not feel any remorse at all Yet it was just engaging enough to continue reading, and I finished it I was moderately intrigued throughout, but nothing in it lit a passion in me at all.Basically, I m glad I

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