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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554685133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554685134
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Ram Mohammad Thomas, an orphaned, uneducated waiter from Mumbai, wins a billion rupees on a quiz show, he finds himself thrown in jail. (Unable to pay out the prize, the program's producers bribed local authorities to declare Ram a cheater.) Enter attractive lawyer Smita Shah, to get Ram out of prison and listen to him explain, via flashbacks, how he knew the answers to all the show's questions. Indian diplomat Swarup's fanciful debut is based on a sound premise: you learn a lot about the world by living in it (Ram has survived abandonment, child abuse, murder). And just as the quiz show format is meant to distill his life story (each question prompts a separate flashback), Ram's life seems intended to distill the predicament of India's underclass in general. Rushdie's Midnight's Children may have been a model: Ram's brash yet innocent voice recalls that of Saleem Sinai, Rushdie's narrator, and the sheer number of Ram's near-death adventures represents the life of the underprivileged in India, just as Saleem wore a map of India, quite literally, on his face. But Swarup's prose is sometimes flat and the story's picaresque form turns predictable. Ram is a likable fellow, but this q&a with him, though clever, grows wearying.
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aldora on Jan. 9 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on Feb. 21 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marbles on May 4 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane on Sept. 17 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Desousa on May 8 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By archie on March 20 2009
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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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