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Slumdog Millionaire: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, November 18, 2008
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We first meet the 18-year-old protagonist in jail, where he sits accused of defrauding the popular TV game show "Who Wants to Be A Billionaire?" (in rupees). Despite being abandoned at birth, uneducated, and left to fend for himself for most of his life, it seems Ram somehow managed to answer the show's twelve questions correctly. To all outside observers, his social standing and lack of education appear to preclude this happening legitimately. However, just as the police are about to unleash some heavy manners on him, a mysterious lawyer intervenes and takes him away. The story then unfolds question by question, as Ram tells her via flashbacks to his life just how he managed to know each answer.
Ram's life story unfolds as a series of episodes ranging from the horrific to the merely tragicomic, and in a sense, one can view him as emblematic of India's lost children, and the book as caustic social commentary on contemporary India.Read more ›
This is not the most well written book I've read, but the way that the plot unfolds is very clever and keeps the reader's attention throughout. As each question is revealed, you can't help thinking "okay, now how is he going to integrate THIS into Ram's story?" and it's fun to see the way that he does, while also advancing the central plot. Slumdog Millionaire tears along at a quick pace: some parts are very amusing while others are very sad, but Swarup doesn't dwell on either. The way it all comes together at the end is highly contrived, but does make for a satisfactory conclusion.
If you enjoy books about India, there are other books that are more realistic or better written (I especially recommend the wonderful and highly moving novel "A Fine Balance"), but this is an easy and entertaining story that captures much of the essence of this fascinating country.
UPDATED 12/27: I have now seen the film Slumdog Millionaire. While the film has the taken the central theme and structure of the book, it also has many differences - for starters, the hero's name. Many plot elements of Ram/Dev's life story are entirely different in the film vs the book.Read more ›
although, the stories start off bleak dealing with such weighty topics as pedophilia, homosexuality, incest, child abuse, the underworld .. the overall effect of the novel is sprightly and enjoyable. while this might not be for the squeamish, it is bound to provide good payoffs for those who stick by it.
i was lucky to be able to lay my hands on an advance copy of this book. i am normally very skeptical of indian writers in english, but vikas swarup offers us a polished debut that showcases good storytelling skills.
i would recommend this novel for people interested in a ripping yarn, and not for those interested in reading about the underbelly of indian metropolis life. this is a story with liberal license used by the author, thatstretches ones believability at points, but when the plotting is as interesting as this, one can indulge the author in his fancies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Experiences of life give a young boy the answers to a question/answer TV show, but are not believed. The book was way better than the movies.Published 3 days ago by Nancy A. Pontious
Truly enjoyed this read. The format was interesting. The plotline gave insight into the culture. Saw the movie and wouldn't waste my time. It wasn't a bit like the book.Published 4 months ago by Ann Hartman
Let me just preface by saying that I had not seen the movie before I read the book, nor did I have any idea what it was about. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura Sweeney
Shales' grating voice damaged this as much as the title being changed from the true ("Q & A") to the false ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nagronsky
Interesting read. Some parts I could imagine as true. Movie is different from book.Published 10 months ago by Deanna Lewis
I saw Slumdog Millionaire before I knew it was a novel. Unfortunately, I liked the movie a little better, and, from the reviews I've read, I'm not alone in this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Delta Stet
Just could not put the book down. A gripping story that's interesting in every page. Proud that he is an Indian author!Published 14 months ago by Amit Roy