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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Dec 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554685133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554685134
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. This production gains much from Shale's excellent and lively performance. The text could easily have been overdone but Shale makes it sincere, hilarious, heartbreaking and delightful. Ram Muhammad Thomas;a young orphan with no formal education;correctly answers all 12 questions on Who Wants to Win a Billion? and is arrested and jailed when the unscrupulous quiz-show producers, reluctant to pay out the winnings, accuse him of cheating. In order to prove his innocence, he recounts his life story in 12 interludes, each eventually explaining the extraordinary circumstances that taught him one of the answers. Ram's life, full of horrors, becomes an allegory for all the problems of the lower classes in India, and the fantastic situations that lead him to win the quiz show take on mythic proportions. Ram's appeal lies in his childlike openness and wonder, and that of the story lies in hearing a full life unwind from the tiniest of details. Each tale is peopled by memorable characters;some recurring;and Shale gives each a distinct voice. His gifted reading, full of emphasis, inflection and excitement, is a joy to listen to.
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Swarup's inventive debut traces the fortunes of Ram Mohammad Thomas from "Asia's biggest slum" to his sudden acquisition of enormous wealth as the biggest winner on the popular quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? A poor, uneducated waiter, Ram is arrested after the final episode in the belief that he must have cheated. In jail he shares his hardscrabble life with his lawyer: his abandonment at birth in a used clothing bin, the church orphanage where he was dubbed an "idiot orphan boy," the foster home where children were purposely crippled and forced to beg, the estate of an Australian diplomat who was really a spy, the home of an aging Bollywood actress, and his meager waiter job. Each chapter in Ram's life provided him with a correct answer on the show, as a la Forrest Gump, he has been in the right place at the right time. Ram's funny and poignant odyssey explores the causes of good and evil and illustrates how, with a little luck, the best man sometimes wins. Deborah Donovan
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Format: Hardcover
The book is about a man who was brought to the police station and tortured because he had won 1 billion rupees (Indian currency) in a local Tv Show. He then told the story of his life that is related to each of the 12 questions asked in the show, to proove that for all of the questions asked, he knew the answers; even though there are many things in the world that he doesn't know of (like Bush is the US president).
The book is really funny and sad at the same time. It opens eyes about the reality of quality of living of poor people in India. A MUST READ. Worth my time :) I can't tell you anymore as you might not enjoy it as much as I did!
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Format: Paperback
I read the book after I saw the movie, and I couldn't believe how different the two are from each other. I loved the movie but I also absolutly loved the book. It was well written and flowed very well.
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Slumdog Millionaire... after hearing all the hype about the movie, I decided to take a look. Then I discovered it was a book first so I ordered it from Amazon and just had to read it first... before watching the movie. I read it in maybe 3 days and just LOVED it! Then I watched the movie and it was so far from the novel that I couldn't beleive it... the movie wasn't that great but I guess I was comparing it to the book which was awesome! Now the book is making the rounds with my family and friends and they all love it too....
IMHO... read the book and skip the movie!
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This book was just amazing...it was nothing like the movie at all...if you watched teh movie and think you don't need to read the book...think again because not one thing was the same...the questions asked, his family life, even his name was changed in the movie, which made a big difference on his life...every story told was beautiful.

I found this book heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, and very educational...one of my all time favorites!
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This was a really good book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down, read it in 2 days. A few days later I rented the DVD. Boy, what a disappointment! I recommend you read the book and skip the movie.
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the book is different from the movie, book is way better.
i love how the author links the characters to one another in the story.

when you start reading it, there's no way to put it down.
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There was missing something in the book, I was expecting a bit more depth to the movie. I feel there was plenty subjects that could of been dealt with ( war, poverty, inequality, indian culture, love, family) .... Unfortunately the author just told a story, that was indeed interesting in itself, but I hoped for more philosophy, development or opinions to challenge the way I already think. Still a good read.
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