Les fabuleuses aventures d'un Indien malchanceux qui devint milliardaire
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Les fabuleuses aventures d'un Indien malchanceux qui devint milliardaire

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  15,113 ratings  ·  1,821 reviews
Quand le jeune Ram Mohammad Thomas devient le grand vainqueur de " Qui veut gagner un milliard de roupies ? ", la production soupçonne immédiatement une tricherie. Comment un serveur de dix-huit ans, pauvre et inculte, serait-il assez malin pour répondre à treize questions pernicieuses ? Accusé d'escroquerie, sommé de s'expliquer, Thomas replonge alors dans l'histoire de s...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by 10-18 (first published 2000)
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Megha

I should mention that this 1-star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" which 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 because that's where this novel truly belongs. This book badly needs some editing or even better, a different author. I read in some review that "Slumdog Millionaire" feels lik...more
Amy
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, just maybe, I might have a good experience with the book.

I am pleased to report that I was correct - the book [u:]Q&A[/u:] is far superior to the film. A few things t...more
Leigh-ann
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 third man was also a pedophile who abused young boys, but at least the author never claimed he was gay. I didn't feel any of these characterizations we...more
Tea Jovanović
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 Serbia... Although this book had many editions in Serbia, his publisher completely ignored his second novel, pitty... I still hope to find him new publisher in Se...more
Lexie
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 checked it out of the library.
Joe
May 31, 2011 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
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 the book far more appealing. It’s originally entitled "Q&A" which is actually the story’s format. I haven’t been teary-eyed over many stories,...more
Catie
This is one of those rare occasions when I am going to have to say that I like the movie much more than the book. For one, the movie has the absolutely adorable Dev Patel. For two, I think that it was a fantastic decision on the part of Danny Boyle et. al. to edit out the homophobic stereotyping that permeates the beginning of this book.

I’ve only read seventy five pages, so maybe it gets better. I don’t know. This sort of thing tends to bother me quite a bit and I just can’t get past it.

Let’s re...more
Ev
Apr 02, 2009 Ev rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ev by: Mom
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Good idea for a story. Poor, uneducated orphan kid wins a billion rupees (About $20 million USD) on a game show.

Other than that it was somewhat of a struggle to get through this book. I think it was all the Indian names. I know this book is written by an Indian and was translated into English but I had a hard time getting into it when every sentance had some Indian word I didn't know what it meant and there were no other explaining to help figure it out. Maybe if I spoke that language it wouldn...more
Charity
Q & A is the book that inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire. However, the two bear little to no resemblance to each other, save for the basic premise: an orphan from the slums of India goes on a game show and wins the top prize, but the show's producers think he must have cheated, so the kid tells stories from his life that relay how he knew the answers to the questions. Aside from this bare bones outline, the book and movie are really two entirely different stories made up of almost entire...more
Dale
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Trin
Wow. Simon Beaufoy really deserved that Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. I didn’t think that Slumdog Millionaire was the Best Movie EVAR! as some people seem to, but the book is just awful. Scattered and poorly written, with a narrative that relies on more farfetched coincidences than a cracked-out Dickens novel, Q&A also manages to make its protagonist completely unsympathetic, and its romance entirely unromantic. Oh, and the whole thing—the first few chapters especially—is cringingly homopho...more
Abhinav
Whoa. I must start by saying that I've surprised myself by reading the last 170 odd pages in just over a couple of hours.

I suppose the premise of 'Q&A' is known to everyone who hasn't been living under a rock, having been adapted into the Oscar-winning motion picture 'Slumdog Millionaire' in 2008. But that's pretty much where the resemblance ends, because the film takes very little inspiration from the events that take place in the book, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

I say this becaus...more
Anne
I finished reading Q&A this morning, a thoroughly enjoyable read and a real page-turner. If the film, Slumdog Millionaire, based on this novel is anywhere near as good, then it will be one to watch.

Q&A begins with Ram as the winner of the largest prize in a TV quiz show, he is arrested on the grounds of cheating as nobody believes that a waiter in a restaurant in Mumbai could possibly answer all twelve questions correctly.

The following twelve chapters are based on incidents that have ha...more
Nicole
As a huge fan of the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, I was very excited to read the book on which it was based. However, the only similarity between the book and the film is the general plot of a young man in the slums who goes on a game show and answers questions that are related to his life experiences. The relationships between the characters have changed, almost all of the questions have changed, and the love story is completely different. I still enjoyed the book, although the dialogue is often...more
سوسن الجبري

رواية ممتعه جدا وفيها تصوير لحياة الفقراء والمشردين بشكل فعلا واقعي ومحزن :(
الرواية رائعه لكن للاسف فيها بعض الاحداث الي ما اقدر افسرها غير بأنها " فلم هندي " .. مثلا في كون المحامية هي غوديا وكون مقدم البرنامج هو نفسه الشخص الي عذب الممثلة و بائعه الهوى الي يعرفها توماس .. يعني وش هالصدفة !
بس غير هذا الرواية فعلا ممتعه و انصح بقرائتها في حالة الوصول لحالة الملل من القراءة لانها بترجع لك الحماسة للقراءة من جديد ..
Scurra
Finding innovative hooks for short stories has been a staple of literature for centuries (think the Canterbury Tales, the Decameron or the Arabian Nights.) In Q&A Swarup has found a doozy, utilising a format most readers will be able to easily relate to whilst springing continual surprised in the non-linear timeline. Even when you know a particular story is due to be told, when it arrives the details are always fun. And the punchline is fantastically plausible and consistent with the establi...more
Katie
I get pretty obsessive about keeping my books and my movies separate. There are rules, you see, and without rules defining how books and movies should interact, I just don't know where we'd be. As a nation, I mean. So as such, it's imperative to follow the following:

Rule #1: Always read the book first. It's critical that you visualize the story and the characters on your own without, say, Jennifer Aniston's face in your mind.

Rule #2: When we're talking about fluffy lite-reading books, the movie...more
Wendy
It was a spur of the moment decision to read Vikas Swarup’s novel when I did. I tend to prefer to read the book before seeing the movie it is based on, but I hadn’t known until recently that the movie was actually based on a book. In cases like this, when I really want to see the movie in the theater, I often times will just go ahead and see the movie anyway. The book will have to wait. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a copy of Slumdog Millionaire, so titled after the movie no less. T...more
Bonnie Jeanne
Interesting premise. An Indian waiter, Ram Mohammed Thomas, wins the big prize in a television game show and is promptly arrested. Game show producers claim he cheated to win, but it is not secret the prize will bankrupt the production company, so the cheating charge is pretty much a necessity.

The arrested young man is visited by a stranger, a woman who says she wants to help him. She wants him to explain how someone with so little formal education could have won the game show quiz. He tells he...more
Najmuddin
Sebagai orang yang tidak percaya kepada kebetulan seratus peratus, aku agak skeptikal dengan jalan cerita novel ini. Berjaya menjawab 12 soalan untuk memenangi 1 billion rupees, hanya kerana tuah dan kebetulan, adalah mustahil bagi aku. Tidak logik.

Namun, setelah semakin lama menyelam di dasar penceritaan buku ini, aku sedar, soalan-soalan yang dijawab itu bukanlah fokus utama cerita ini. Ia hanyalah pentas untuk mementaskan realiti kehidupan seorang kanak-kanak yatim piatu dan manusia-manusia y...more
Joseph
This is a case of a terrible ending ruining an otherwise good book. Ram's story stretches credulity throughout the book, but the way everything just happens to fall into place in the last chapter, with multiple shocking revelations tripping over themselves in their hurry to be heard, just breaks any bond of trust between author and reader.

It's a shame, too, because the book, for the most part is as charming as the movie. My one minor nitpick is that Ram narrates his story as though he were telli...more
The Flooze
Slumdog Millionaire (Q&A) is not a masterpiece of prose. But it is a startling and thought-provoking story, rife with social commentary.

The prologue is engaging, swiftly establishing the ludicrousness of a waiter from the slums winning a quiz show. It deftly highlights the resignation the residents of Dharavi feel towards their lot in life: the inevitability of the police taking you away; the abuses doled out by corrupt officers; the belief that you summon only misfortune if you challenge th...more
Dini
Kisah yang diadaptasi menjadi film peraih berbagai penghargaan, Slumdog Millionaire. Ram Mohammad Thomas adalah pemuda miskin berusia delapan belas tahun yang secara mengejutkan berhasil memenangkan satu miliar rupee dalam sebuah kuis televisi. Bagaimana caranya ia menjawab pertanyaan kuis yang jawabannya mestinya tak diketahui orang yang tinggal di rumah petak kumuh seperti dirinya?

Kita pun dibawa mengikuti kisah Ram, si anak yatim piatu yang ditinggalkan di depan gereja dan dibesarkan oleh se...more
Mona M. Kayed

تصوير محترف لحياة المتشردين .. اليتم و الطرد و العذاب و الجوع و المعاناة كلها رسمت خطوط حياة "رام محمد توماس" الشاب الهندي المشرد الذي يملك إيماناً يمكنه من اجتياز جميع تلك المصاعب ، هنا تجدر الإشارة أننا حين نتحدث عن إيمان توماس فإنما نتحدث عن إيمانه بنفسه و قدرته على بلوغ طموحاته ، لإنه ببساطة لا يؤمن بدين بعينه ، اسمه خليط من الهندوسية و الإسلام و المسيحية ، هذا الاسم أعطي له لأنهم ببساطة لم يعلموا لأية ديانة يتبع أهله ، و كرهوا الخوض في المسائل الطائفية المنتشرة في الهند في ذلك الوقت !

تتسل...more
Melissa
I saw Slumdog Millionaire before I read the book it is loosely based upon. This time, the movie was better than the book. The episodes in the book were much worse, much more disturbing than in the movie. (I'm so tired of books that have boys sexually abused by perverts. Why can't a villain be a villain without being a pervert?) The movie kept a certain level of comedy and humor alongside the darkness. The book didn't manage to do that, and it didn't have the romantic storyline that connected the...more
Alan Matsumoto
I read in Entertainment Weekly about how the film version (Slumdog Millionare) of this book is coming out later this month.
The storyline caught my interest so I bought the book at my local book store. I really enjoyed this book. A poor, uneducated, orphan teen somehow answers all 12 questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Immediately after winning he is thrown in jail, accused of cheating. The book follows chapter by chapter how he acquired the knowledge of answering...more
Lesley
Nice...this book is the basis for the wonderful movie, Slumdog Millionaire. Although the premise is the same, (dirt poor, uneducated Mumbai teen mysteriously answers all the trivia questions on a game show correctly, then explains in flashback how each question is connected to a traumatic life experience) the stories in the book don't hold together as well, and the ending is far weaker. However,some of the individual stories have a terrific creepy quality. Much more emphasis on the frequent degr...more
Sasha Strader
Every so often I read a book to try to orient myself with pop culture. Several people I've known saw the movie version of this and were impressed, so I decided to pick up the book.

Boy, am I glad I did! I couldn't put it down (and thankfully didn't have to). Engaging, flowing, and fast paced.

Always nice to be pleasantly surprised.

Update: having now watched the movie, I feel I can safely say "WTF?!?!?" This is one of those movies where you wonder if the person writing the screenplay even READ the...more
Marc-Antoine
One of the best stories I have ever read. It has a bit of everything and makes for a great novel!
Ron Charles
More than a billion people live on less than a dollar a day. News like that could ruin your whole latte, but most of us are adept at ignoring such conditions or pretending they're inevitable. Who wants to read a novel about that when you've got four episodes of "Desperate Housewives" on TiVo?

It takes more than a spoonful of sugar to get such medicine down, and Vikas Swarup provides a strange mixture of sweet and sour in this erratically comic novel. "Q & A" is about a poor waiter from Dharav...more
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Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad (India) in a family of lawyers.

After his schooling, Vikas attended Allahabad University and studied History, Psychology and Philosophy. He also made his mark as a champion debater, winning National level competitions. After graduating with distinction, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire t...more
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