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Il giovane cameriere Ram è in carcere perché ha appena vinto un quiz milionario rispondendo esattamente alle dodici domande, e gli organizzatori sono certi che un poveraccio come lui deve aver barato. Interviene in suo aiuto una giovane avvocatessa che vuole sapere come sono andate davvero le cose: e così, ripercorrendo una per una le dodici domande e le associazioni menta ...more
Paperback, Narratori della Fenice, 280 pages
Published January 27th 2005 by Guanda (first published 2005)
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Smit Zaveri The book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie. The characters are well fleshed out and it is very…moreThe book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie. The characters are well fleshed out and it is very well written. (less)
Abby James I really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book (just the premise and a few other…moreI really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book (just the premise and a few other things). It's rare that an interpretation is so well thought out. The book is simple and interesting on its own. The twist at the end is delicious and it was a compelling read. The movie on the other hand had so many layers. It was if it was a completely different novel in itself. Both can be appreciated. :)(less)

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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
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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... :(
Amy
Jan 18, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Majenta
Apr 09, 2016 Majenta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wait! Here comes yet another unsavory event: he is arrested. For cheating. Nobody can believe that "someone like him" could have known all those answers.

They don'
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Q & A=Slumdog millionaire, Vikas Swarup
عنوان: میلیونر زاغه نشین؛ نویسنده: ویکاس سواروپ؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرایی؛ مصطفی اسلامیه؛ تهران، کتابسرای نیک؛ 1388؛ در 352 ص؛ شابک: 9789642953325؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان هندی به زبان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
شرح ماجراهای رام محمد توماس، پسر بچهای كه برای زندگی و زنده ماندن تلاش میكند
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Leigh-ann
Dec 31, 2008 Leigh-ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lexie
Aug 16, 2007 Lexie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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,
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Trin
Mar 18, 2009 Trin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, indian-lit
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
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
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Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
I read this book for a book club meeting last month.
I had watched the movie a few years ago and I remember enjoying the story.
This is told in sections of Thomas' life. He is explaining how a boy from the slums could answer all the questions to win a billion on a game show. My attention was captured while I tried to guess what the next question was going to be on the game show based on the story that Thomas told. I was usually way off.

With how crazy my life has been the last few weeks the short
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Kathryn
I saw the movie made from this when it was on at the cinema - Slumdog Millionaire - and I thought it was a clever premise, although overly graphic in some respects. The book is just as clever, although different to the movie, because of course movies always change things. The book is less descriptive of disturbing scenes than the movie was graphic.

It was a very interesting read - I liked reading about the different places that Ram Mohammad Thomas lived and worked, and seeing how chance encounter
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Aliaa
Aug 16, 2014 Aliaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

انا ماشفتش الفيلم -مش بشوف أفلام اصلا- بس مظنش اني محتاجة اشوفه، الكتاب رائع بما يكفي.
حاجة تاني حبيتها جدا انه بيشرح كتير جدا عن الهند، ومعلوماته بتتكلم علي كل حاجة من السنيما هناك لحد الأكلات المختلفة.
بصراحة بيبهرني جدا الكاتب اللي مش بس بيكتب قصة حلوة لا كمان بيحط فيها معلومات كتير فبيخليني اتسلي واستفيد في نفس الوقت
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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
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Charity
Jun 07, 2009 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Derek
Mar 11, 2010 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 15+
At first glance, “Slumdog Millionaire”, written by Vikas Swarup, would appear to be a story about someone that wins a bunch of cash in the Indian Slum but, it is much more than that. “Slumdog Millionaire” is written in the perspective of a young boy named, Ram Mohammad Thomas. Suspected of cheating on the game show Who wants to be a Billionaire, He is tortured until a mysterious lawyer comes to his aid. Suspicious of her, Ram flips and coin and from the toss, he decides to open up and tell his s ...more
Ev
Apr 02, 2009 Ev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ev by: Mom
Shelves: 2009, mom
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
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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
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Dale
Dec 02, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zack
Aug 29, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
I saw the film a few years ago together with my mother, and I was amazed by the story – almost as much as I was amazed by Dev Patel and how wonderful he is. So, when I learned it was based on a book; it didn't take me long to go to the library in an attempt to find it. However, even though the library claimed to have it, it was nowhere to be found. Until the other day when I found it on a shelf way off where it's supposed to be. Talk about faith.

Ram Mohammad Thomas has just been arrested. Why? F
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نرمين الشامي
ابداع ... ابداع .. ابداع
رواية مؤثرة للغاية
وتبرز براعة الفكرة فى تناول حياة شخص كاملة والقاء الضوء على المجتمع الهندى الحقيقي الذى لم نعرفه من قبل وذلك من خلال اسئلة فى برنامج مسابقات

رام محمد توماس شاب او مراهق يتيم سمى بهذا الاسم نظرا لكونه مجهول الاصل والنسب وخوفا من التسبب فى فتنة طائفية تمت تسميته بأسماء تجمع الطوائف الرئيسية فى الهند (الهندوس- المسلمين-المسيحيين)

عاش حياته متنقلا بين الاعمال والشوارع والمدن واشترك فى مسابقة لربح مبلغ بليون روبية
واستطاع الاجابة على 13 سؤالا وهو الذى لم يذهب ي
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Anne
Dec 22, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mona M. Kayed
Feb 21, 2013 Mona M. Kayed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Melissa
Mar 03, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Neha
If you like a movie then only you would read the book, but in all cases I have always observed that the movie can never ever match the book.. but yes some can justify. But Slumdog millionaire does not even come close. The book is marvellous.. with amazing twists & lot of masala. But Slumdog millionaire glorified the poverty & survival instinct in India which was so well appreciated by the west. I think the movie just does not justify the book, there was so much which the director could p ...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 ..
Vanessa
Please note: since Goodreads mixed different editions, I've read and rated the shooting script of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, NOT the novel "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup, how Goodreads actually states. GR being silly af.
Bebe
Nov 09, 2015 Bebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

رواية شيقة وفيها تصوير لحياة الفقراء والمشردين بشكل واقعي و حزين
شاهدت الفلم ولكن الرواية أجمل بكثير
Annabel
Feb 18, 2016 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When my International English (it's basically an advanced English level for Upper Secondary Students) teacher assigned Slumdog Millionaire/Q&A as the read of the year, I was quite excited, since I'd heard so many positive reviews of the movie and the book.

We are introduced to Ram Mohammed Thomas on the Police station in Mumbai. He has been accused for fraud by a quiz show. Suddenly, the beautiful Smita takes him with her and declares herself as his lawyer. He tells her the story of how he w
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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
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