Q & A

Paperback | April 23, 2006

byVikas Swarup

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When Ram Mohammed Thomas, an uneducated orphan from Asia’slargest slum, answers 12 questions to win a billion rupees on an Indian TV quizshow, he startles everyone—even himself. Framed for cheating by the show’sunscrupulous producers, Ram must defend himself in the course of spinning outthe tale of his extraordinary life.

Darkly comic and charming, Q & A is a fable of life’sdilemmas, an enthralling picture of fortune, misfortune and humanity in all itsguises. Vikas Swarup’s first novel is an international phenomenon, translatedinto 21 languages and acclaimed around the world, with film rights optioned byBritain’s FilmFour Productions and a musical in the works.

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When Ram Mohammed Thomas, an uneducated orphan from Asia’slargest slum, answers 12 questions to win a billion rupees on an Indian TV quizshow, he startles everyone—even himself. Framed for cheating by the show’sunscrupulous producers, Ram must defend himself in the course of spinning outthe tale of his extraordinary life.Darkly comic a...

VIKAS SWARUP was born in Allahabad, India, to an illustrious familythat includes several prominent lawyers. He attended Allahabad University, where he made his mark as a champion debater, winningnational-level competitions. After graduating, he joined the Indian Foreign Service and was posted to various countries, includingTurkey, the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.8 inPublished:April 23, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ This book is absolutely amazing, a must read. Had me at the edge of my chair from the first page to the very last. Slumdog Millionaire was an amazing movie, and the book in my opinion is absolutely a wonderous book, even better than the movie
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel Bravo! This is an amazing novel. I came to know of Vikas Swarup's writing in a reverse order. I like his other great novel "Six Suspects" and have a high opinion on his writing. I put off reading "Q&A" for a long time with the misguided speculation that the scriptwriting of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" is identical, if not highly similar - so I thought I have seen the movie and it might be preferable to only read the book after my memory of it has faded. Now I know "Q&A" is itself a stand-alone gem, a wonderful read. There are so much more that the book can offer than the movie: denser storyline, great many more interweaving of ideas and characters. An odd side note, I noticed that "Q&A" seems to have quite a bad portrayal of gay man (hope that it was only my observation), which were not incorporated in the movie.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still One of My Favourites I had originally read this book two years ago. I reread it last night and I found it just as I enjoyable the second time around. It's a fun and unpredictable read. This book is being made into a movie titled Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle. Vikas Swarup is coming out with a new book called six suspects.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! Well what can I say? This is one of the best books I've ever read. And I don't mean one of those sentimental books that engulf you with feeling for a few days and then you forget about it. No, I mean a real good book. One that will stay with readers for a very long time. One that will plague readers with meaning, but not in the sense that most books do. Vikas Swarup writes this book not in a way as to please his readers, but rather for his own amsuement and entertainment. He doesn't write this book because he wants his fans to read it and instantly learn a moral. That is definitely not what he had in mind. He did it casually and honestly. And to me, that truly is what makes a good book a phenomenal book.
Date published: 2006-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This book was reccommended to me by a co-worker who thought I'd like it. She was wrong I LOVED it! It's an absolutely beautiful book. It's about an 18 year old waiter in Mumbai, India who wins the biggest jackpot in history (1 billion rupees) and how the gameshow "Who Wants to be a Billionaire" tries to keep the prize from him. Each chapter tells how an orphan with no formal education knew the answers to questions of religion, astronomy and architechture through the experiences of his unusual life. A fabulous, fabulous book.
Date published: 2006-07-21